New EU Rules for Timber Trade

The European Union has put into effect a regulation to combat trade in products manufactured with illegal timber with an emphasis on traceability.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

From an article by the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

In March the European Union (EU) put into effect Regulation (EU) 995/2010 of the European Parliament which seeks to regulate the market for wood products in order to minimize the risk of selling illegal timber in the EU, this regulation requires the operator or company responsible for introducing a product of this nature to the region to be able to apply the principle of "due diligence", so as to ensure that timber traded is legal.

To achieve this goal, the new rules will force operators to promote an exercise in "risk management" so as to assess the chances of illegal timber or timber products being introduced on the basis of information to which they must have access which describes wood and products, its country of origin, information on compliance with national regulations, as well as information on quantities and details of the supplier.



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