What is EUTR?
EUTR is the abbreviation for the European Timber Regulation (or European Timber Regulation – 995/2010). This European regulation prohibits the marketing of illegally harvested wood, wood fiber, or derived products.
The EUTR distinguishes between companies that bring the wood onto the European market for the first time (Operators) and companies that further trade the product (Traders).
The aim of the EUTR is to stop the trade of illegal timber to the EU. Legislation is an important part of the EU FLEGT (Forest Law, Governance and Trade) Programme.
The EUTR came into effect on March 3, 2013. Given the scale of the European timber market, this legislation has an impact on trade in timber products worldwide.
EUTR Due Diligence
The EUTR contains three core requirements:
- A ban on illegally harvested timber.
- the obligation to register trading partners
- Due diligence
The EUTR obliges “Operators” to perform “Due Diligence” to minimize the risk of illegal timber entering the European market.
Operators who are obliged to apply Due Diligence must implement a system of due diligence (Due Diligence System or DDS) that contains the following elements:
- A management system.
- Access to information about the products and supply chains.
- Risk assessment.
- Risk mitigation.
This system should also be regularly evaluated.
We are specialized in developing and drafting risk assessments and have already collaborated with various companies and competent authorities.
We also offer various services in the field of EUTR. For example, we help with the preparation and maintenance of your DDS, the risk assessment/risk mitigation and we review your existing Due Diligence System or Risk analyses.