Timber certification plays an instrumental role in enhancing Malaysia’s competitiveness in Europe, contributing to economic growth while safeguarding precious forest resources at the same time, said Yong Teng Koon, CEO of the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).
“The Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) not only demonstrates that forests are managed sustainably, it also responds to the international market’s demand for responsibly-sourced timber products,” said Mr Yong at the Council’s 7th participation at German Timber Day, a bi-annual timber trade expo organised by the German Timber Trade Federation.
As a single market, the European Union is the largest consumer of timber in the world. The MTCS is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the world’s largest forest certification system. In Europe, it is recognised by governments in Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands.
As at September 2015, exports of certified tropical timber to Europe totaled 868,332m3, making up more than 80% of total exports.
Image: Visitors to the German Garden Centre Trade Show, SPOGA+Gafa 2015 learning more about Malaysia’s certified tropical timber and timber-based products at the Malaysian Timber Certification Council’s booth.
Source: MTCC/ Panels & Furniture Asia