EU Timber regulation and content

EU Timber regulation (EUTR) 

The EU Timber Regulation aims to reduce illegal logging by ensuring that no illegal timber or timber products can be sold in the EU. It was created as part of the EU’s FLEGT Action Plan.

The EU Timber Regulation came into force on 3 March 2013. It prohibits operators in Europe from placing illegally harvested timber and products derived from illegal timber on the EU market. ‘Legal’ timber is defined as timber produced in compliance with the laws of the country where it is harvested.

The regulation applies to timber and a wide range of timber products, including pulp and paper. It sets out three main requirements for operators in Europe that place timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time.

More information on the Timber Regulation intended for European operators, traders and timber associations can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eutr2013/

EUTR contents

  • Placing illegally harvested timber and products derived from such timber on the EU market is prohibited. The EUTR applies to wood and wood products being placed for the first time on the EU market. It counters the trade in illegally harvested timber and timber products by imposing three key obligations:
    • Placing illegally harvested timber and products derived from such timber on the EU market for the first time, is prohibited.
    • EU operators – those who place timber products on the EU market for the first time – are required to exercise ‘due diligence’.
    • Traders – those who buy or sell timber and timber products already on the market – are required to keep information about their suppliers and customers to make timber easily traceable.

What does the regulation apply to?

  • Both timber and timber products produced in the EU and those imported from outside are covered by the legislation. Timber which carries a FLEGT licence or a CITES permit is considered to comply with the Timber Regulation.  List of products found here:
    http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eutr2013/index_en.htm