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Have you heard of the new EUDR regulations on wood products?
Have you heard of the new EUDR regulations on wood products?
20. September 2023

Do you know about the drastic changes on orders that involve importing, exporting, or placing wood in the European Union?

Are you prepared to adapt your daily business to the changes? If you have not dived deep into the regulation yet, don’t worry! At TIMBERplus we are one step ahead and ready to guide you through it.


To start with, what is the EUDR and how it differs from the EUTR?

Since the year 2013 the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into effect. The goal is to ensure that timber and derivates placed on the EU market were sourced from legal and sustainable practices. However, in June 2023 the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) came to replace the EUTR. This new regulation covers more commodities than only timber and considers a broader purpose than sustainability and legitimate trade.


Why amending the regulations?

There has been a considerable impact on deforestation and degradation. From the year 1990 to 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated that approx. 420 million hectares of forest worldwide have been lost due to deforestation. This equals an area about the surface of the European Union. Where 10% of this loss comes from EU’s consumption. With products like palm oil and soy accounting for more than two-thirds of this. For this reason the EUDR was implemented, to minimise the European Union contribution on deforestation and forest degradation worldwide.

These regulations apply to some commodities associated with a more significant impact on deforestation. Such as palm oil (34,0%), soy (32,8 %), wood (8,6 %), cocoa (7,5 %), coffee (7,0 %), cattle (5,0 %) and rubber (3,4 %). This does not merely apply to the raw material, but also to finished goods. For this the EUDR aims to halt the import of such commodities into the EU when not complying with the requirements.



What does this mean?

Due to the regulation, any business selling products in the EU must be certain that the supplier of these commodities obtained them by complying with certain conditions. Moreover, the supplier must be capable to prove with specific data, that the products do not come from recently deforested land or have contributed to forest degradation. Furthermore, this regulation does not only aim to prevent deforestation. It also has an impact on human rights and reinforcing the respect of the rights of affected indigenous people. To comply, a due diligence must be signed by a person responsible, making the whole accountability related to a person, not just a company.

As you can see, many companies will be affected as they seek ways to efficiently gather all the data required to abide with the due diligence.


At TIMBERplus, we are fully prepared with the knowledge and solutions needed to guide you through this regulatory shift and ensure a smooth transition for our customers. Stay tuned for more information on EUDR from us as we lead the way in navigating this new era of timber trade with expertise and ease.