European Union Timber Regulations (EUTR)
Arnold Laver & Co Ltd adhere to and comply with the European Union Timber Regulations (EUTR) that came in to effect on 3rd March 2013, making it illegal to place illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market.
Which products are covered?
The main materials covered by the legislation are:
- Solid timber
- Laminated timber
- Veneered timber
- Particle Board | OSB | Plywood
- Packing-cases, boxes and crates
The legislation requires that due diligence is applied to all timber first placed on the EU market, and that traders further down the supply chain keep track of who timber or timber products were bought from, and, where applicable, who they were sold to.
Arnold Laver is classified as both ‘Operator’ and ‘Trader’.
All of our customers are classified as ‘Traders’ and to meet their obligation must:
- Have in place a system that allows them to identify the companies that supplied them with timber or timber based products that have already been placed on the EU market and to whom they have sold to (if applicable).
- Keep those records for five years and shall provide that information to competent authorities if they so request
Failure to meet this obligation could result in a fine and any products identified as illegal whilst in their possession can be seized.
It is important to be aware that definition of a ‘Trader’ is determined for individual transactions.
As an ‘Operator’ we carry out due diligence for all our timber and timber-based products imported into the EU, using the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP). This scheme is independently audited on an annual basis by TTF approved third party auditors. Arnold Laver are members of the Forests Forever initiative and signatories to the TTF’s Environmental Code of Practice. Our robust systems mean that you – and your customers – can rest assured that the timber we supply is sourced correctly and legally.
What do you need to do?
As a customer or user of timber products to make sure that you follow the regulations you need to:
- Ensure that you purchase from a provider with FSC and PEFC accreditation
- Ensure your supplier adopts a process of due diligence
- Ensure you ask for FSC or PEFC certified products when ordering
Please contact us for further information or advice on the EUTR regulations, we are always happy to help.