What does EUTR mean for your business?
As an operator, EUTR requires you to implement a due diligence system to prevent the placement of illegally harvested timber on the EU Market. This must include:
- Access to information on volume, species, scientific name, country of harvest, sub-national region of harvest and concession of harvest.
- Access to information on the sources of timber products: name and contact details of suppliers and compliance with applicable forest legislation in the country of harvest.
- Risk Assessment on the basis of the information gathered.
- Risk Mitigation if a high risk is identified during the risk assessment process. This means that you might need to gather further information on the species, the sub-national region of harvest and the concession of harvest in order to avoid purchasing and placing illegally harvested timber on the EU.
As a trader, EUTR requires you to keep records of who you buy the timber from (supplier) in the EU and who you sell it to (customer).
EUTR comes into force 3rd March 2013.