Published on : Wednesday, April 29, 2015
European Commission has convened all stake holders involved in timber business to submit their feedback regarding European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) as that is mandatory for piling up the evolution report and more importantly will make them to understand the effectiveness of the regulation two years after its implementation. EC set a deadline for feedback submission is July 3rd. Moreover, if necessary, this report will also detail appropriate legislative proposals.
The report will be released in December this year.
Essentially, the regulation seeks to prevent the sale of illegally sourced timber and timber products in the European Union. From 3rd March 2013, the EUTR established obligations for ‘operators’, responsible for first placing timber and timber products onto the European market, to exercise due diligence in order to manage and mitigate the risk of illegal products entering their supply chain. In addition, the EUTR requires companies purchasing timber and timber products on the European market, known as ‘traders’, to maintain records to enable supply chain traceability.
The Regulation applies to a wide variety of timber products including raw, sawn and machined wood, composite boards such as fiberboard, particleboard, plywood and veneering sheets together with a variety of office, kitchen and bedroom furniture. Although, at present, seating and certain upholstered products are omitted from scope.
The review of the EUTR is intended to assess the functioning and effectiveness of the Regulation in preventing illegal timber from entering the European market. In addition, it will also consider the current product scope and administrative burdens for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)