Gateway to international timbertrade

Website live!

07 January 2016

With today’s launch an important milestone is reached for the international timber trade, since this website provides a one-stop information point for timber industry and timber legality of producer countries.

This is also an important milestone for the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF), because they initiated this project. To satisfy the due diligence requirements of the EUTR and the various regulations in other markets, importers must obtain documentary evidence to show that the supplier is operating in accordance with national laws and regulations. Therefore it is essential that tropical timber importers have readily available information on supplier country legislation and regulations, which is facilitated by this website.

Besides the legislative part this website also gives a quick overview of the most relevant aspects of the timber industry of the producer country, aiming to facilitate the first steps of timber trade.

The construction of this website has been supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (EU STTC) and builds upon knowledge gathered and published by several organisations and institutions.

The website has been constructed by Grafisch Atelier Wageningen and Webbouwers Nijmegen. The coordination and compilation of country profiles is done by Form international. Now the new platform is publicly accessible they will continue to develop and upload country profiles in a stepwise approach.

We invite you to send us feedback on the content of the website by using the contact form which can be found here.

 

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