Bonn/Stuttgart, April 20, 2016 - Three years after its introduction, many companies are familiar with the EU Timber Regulation. However, there are still uncertainties regarding its practical implementation. Many companies still ask questions such as:
• What are the requirements for German companies?
• Where can I find credible information?
• What internal measures have to be taken?
• How can we limit the risks?
In the last two years, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) - together with Fairventures Worldwide (FVW) gGmbH – answered these questions successfully during workshops for numerous company representatives. Due to continuous demand, on the 14th of April 2016, IPD and FVW held another workshop in Stuttgart to convey comprehensive information on the EU Timber Regulation.
“Is the import of books affected by the EU Timber Regulation?” – Using this provocative question, Juliane Lemcke, IPD expert for technical wood, started the workshop. Hence, it was clear from the start how far the requirements of the EUTR can reach. While the complex regulation does not concern the import of printed products, it does affect the paper from which books are produced.
The EUTR affects many different areas which was also reflected by the mixed participant structure. For example, timber importers, representatives of certification companies, furniture producers and also retailers were provided with basic knowledge on the EU Timber Regulation. Familiarizing oneself with the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, the most important aspects of the legal framework and the requirements of due diligence for German im-porters were focus points during the workshop. Furthermore, the participants learned how to put relevant supplier and product information together and where to find further information. During the workshop processes such as risk assessments, risk mitigation measures and how to embed due diligence in internal quality control system were discussed.
For further reading, Juliane recommended the EU Timber Regulation brochure, which IPD has produced in collaboration with Lemcke and various partners. The guide provides a concise overview of the legal obligations and provides assistance in the implementation.