Just over 90% of all wood products imported into the UK is certified legal, a proportion similar to previous years even though the import volume in 2014 was substantially higher, according to the Timber Trade Federation (TTF).
There was improvement in risk management and due diligence with lower volumes of purchases coming from high risk sources. However certified purchases seemed to have gone down as companies adhere to their due diligence systems to mitigate risk ahead of buying certified products.
The Annual Responsible Sourcing Report analysed data from 159 companies. The volume of timber analysed covers around 76% of the overall volume of timber and logs consumed in the UK in 2014.
“The work that the TTF and its members have done has delivered measurable benefits to the timber supply chain”, said outgoing TTF chief executive David Lennan. “Whilst our commitment and work continues to address the key risk of illegal timber products reaching the UK, the trade needs to remove the blinkers of focusing on legality and EUTR and refocus on the wider goal of sourcing sustainable timber products for the UK market.”
Source: Confederation of Timber Industries