Trade and transport
After felling, the stump of the felled tree shall be marked with the unique tree number which has been attributed during the 100% inventory, enabling to track the origin of the logs. Before the logs are removed, all marketable parts and their sizes shall be registered in the cutting register. Before transportation all (parts of) logs shall be marked with SBB tags with unique SBB registration numbers, clearly visible at one of the log-ends, corresponding with the tree details as mentioned in the cutting register. A Vervoerbiljet (Way bill) is a document that is prepared by the timber transporter or concession owner (in fourfold) and is required to transport (parts of) logs from the forest. The purpose of such a way bill is to: (1) Register the origin of products; (2) Protect state property; (3) Protect and secure properties of concessionaires; and (4) Register transported products.
In order to export timber, the company shall be in the possession of an Exportvergunning (Export License), and (1) be registered at the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Tourism (Ministerie van Handel,Industrie & Toerisme); (2) be registered at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kamer van Koophandel en Fabrieken – KKF); (3) have an export number, specifically for roundwood; and (4) have a tax number (belastingnummer), also specifically for roundwood.
Two weeks before shipment, the exporting company has to apply for a check and examination of the timber to be exported, at SBB’s department of production control (afdeling Productie Controle van de SBB). During the examination, the minimum FOB-value, the quality, species, volume and dimensions is documented.