The Green Deal initiative, aimed at making certified sustainable timber the Netherlands’ market mainstream norm, has gone a good way to achieving its goal in its three-year life.
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Following its success gaining EU Timber Regulation Monitoring Operation status, French association Le Commerce du Bois reports 12 members have implemented its due diligence system (DDS). Six more will start using it early 2016, with 40 expected to be signed up by the year-end.
Seventeen European importers from six countries participated in an ETTF-backed trade mission to Suriname where they learned about the opportunities and challenges for developing the country’s sustainable timber export sector.
Initial investigations by the Italian EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) Competent Authority (CA) are expected to identify “administrative offences” by some operator companies, according to industry association Fedecomlegno.