Legal Requirements for Timber Due Diligence
European law (EUTR and FLEGT) currently governing imported timber products will no longer apply in Great Britain from January 2021. New laws and regulations will apply here. You may think this is just semantics, just a change from EUTR to UKTR and indeed the actual due diligence requirement of the UKTR and EUTR are the same but the big difference is that because we will no longer be part of the EU, imported products from the EU are no longer exempt. From 2021 timber products imported to here from France, Germany and the rest of the EU will come under the same UK rules as the rest of the world and require demonstration of due diligence checking they are legally harvested.
Similarly, British exporters are now likely to have to provide relevant documentation about the source and legality of their timber exports to EU-based importers.
One important point to note is that while the UKTR will apply to England, Scotland and Wales, in Northern Ireland the EUTR will continue to apply.
To summarise, having clarified the situation with the authorities EnviroSense understands that the following assessments and information will be needed after January for products in scope of the regulation.
|In-scope products bought by companies in England, Scotland, Wales||Outside EU||UKTR risk assessment|
|In-scope products bought by companies in England, Scotland, Wales||Inside EU||UKTR risk assessment|
|In-scope products bought by companies in England, Scotland, Wales||Northern Ireland or from suppliers in rest of UK||No risk assessment needed – company classed as a “trader”|
|In-scope products bought by companies based in Northern Ireland||Outside EU||EUTR risk assessment|
|In-scope products bought by companies based in Northern Ireland||Inside EU||No risk assessment needed – company classed as a “trader”|
|In-scope products bought by companies based in Northern Ireland||Rest of UK (England, Scotland, Wales)||EUTR risk assessment|
|In-scope products exported into EU companies||UK companies based in England, Scotland and Wales||Information on supply chain and legality to enable EU companies to carry out due diligence|
Please contact Emma Hughes or Richard Watkins to discuss how EnviroSense can help your company comply with the new regulations.