VVNH / Netherlands Timber Trade Association

Number of members: 
Product types: 
Softwood, hardwood, plywood
Main contact: 
Paul van den Heuvel, Managing Director
Telephone number: 
+ 31 36 5321020
P.O. Box 1380, 1300 BJ Almere, Netherlands

About us:
“In 2009, the Netherlands Timber Trade Association was given  'royal' status to recognise a century of  service to the industry. Today, it has 260 members in the timber wholesale sector, including retailers. The NTTA membership imports 2.5 million m3 of timber a year, accounting for 65%-70% of the country’s total. The NTTA represents their interests in economics, commerce, social issues and the environment. It also provides technical coordination and support in value-added wood processing.
In 2009, the NTTA also started a joint effort in the area of corporate social responsibility with the Dutch Association of Joinery Manufacturers, and is now looking for other partners for the project. This is aimed at meeting their targets for 50% of hardwood, 85% of plywood and 100% of softwood imported by the Netherlands to be verified as sourced from sustainably managed forests. In 2010, 71% of the timber imported by NTTA members met this criteria, with certification under the PEFC or FSC scheme.
Centrum Hout (the Dutch Centre for Timber) is a division of the NTTA focused on wood promotion. It targets architects, housing corporations, contractors and the education sector through seminars, literature, a helpline and its website – www.centrumhout.nl. It also runs “consulting hours” for architects on timber in design.

Over its first 100 years, NTTA has constantly adapted to circumstances and that continues with its European Timber Trade Federation membership.  The ETTF will stimulate knowledge transfer and information exchange across Europe, enabling national federations to learn from each other, share best practice and work together on key issues.”

Paul van den Heuvel, Managing Director