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Impacts of EU Timber Regulation on trade flow in the EU and individual European countries
Feb 25, 2013

The first in a series of in-depth statistical reports have been released by the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) in its programme for monitoring the impact of the EU Timber Regulation on trade flows. The initial series of ten studies cover the state of trade and trade patterns in the EU 25 overall, and all the individual ETTF member countries; Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The reports address key questions about the potential impact of the EUTR on the European wood trade, including whether the regulation will make timber more or less competitive against other materials, boost demand for certified sustainable forest products, or favour alternative risk-based legality verification systems, and if it will divert wood imports to other markets with less rigorous legality enforcement systems. The ETTF reports will endeavour to provide answers to these questions on an ongoing basis. They will deliver analysis of EU import and production data derived from Eurostat and a range of UN agencies, combined with statistics on other key criteria; supplier countries forest type (boreal, temperate, and tropical), FLEGT VPA status, and coverage by forest certification scheme and other systems of risk mitigation. The reports will also focus on corruption and national income levels.

The reports have been commissioned from trade analysts and commentators Forest Industries Intelligence (FII), with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and complement the quarterly trade statistics reports FII produces for the ETTF Newsletter.

ETTF press release