EU Timber Regulation in focus at France’s top timber exhibition

may 2012

The upcoming FLEGT/EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) will be the subject of a series of special seminars presented by the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) at the Carrefour International du Bois exhibition in Nantes, France.

The show, which takes place in the city’s Parc de la Beaujoire from June 6-8, has become one for most important European and, indeed, global timber trade events.  Organised by the Atlanbois trade association and the Port of Nantes-St Nazaire, it attracts around 530 exhibitors and in excess off 10,000 visitors from 70 countries.
Being such a high profile event, and a key forum for so many industry decision makers, makes it the ideal venue to discuss and explain the potential impact and implications of the EUTR, which comes into effect in March 2013 and is one of the most significant pieces of legislation in the battle against the international illegal timber trade to date.
The EUTR aims to deny illegally harvested timber access to the EU. It will do this   by making it an offence to  “first place” material on the market judged to be illegal in the country of origin,  whether it originates outside, or inside the EU. This concerns all importers, producers and traders of timber in the EU market, who will have to implement risk assessment measures to ensure their timber comes from legal sources and provide the evidence to prove it.
The ETTF EUTR presentations will take place on every day of the Carrefour from 15.00 to 16.00 upstairs in meeting room 2 in Hall 4. Experts in the field will address the requirements of the legislation on the industry, and the opportunities, threats and challenges it presents. There will also be an opportunity for audience questions and discussion with speakers and printouts of the presentations will be available in French and English.
For more information contact ETTF Technical Advisor Rachel Butler:
The European Timber Trade Federation
The ETTF’s goal is to increase the use of wood through high profile industry representation and lobbying and a range of business support for members. Its wide remit ranges from chain of custody systems, to employment law, technical guidance, to ready-made contracts, and it is regularly consulted by governments, NGOs and other organisations on issues affecting the wood industry and to share its expertise on environmental and technical timber issues.