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Chain of custody and timber procurement

If you purchase or sell wood or timber based items you will be increasingly aware of the growing demand for your product to be procured from a proven sustainable resource.

Due to Government Procurement Policies, more and more public funded bodies, corporate companies and large retailers, including DIY outlets, are demanding wooden products from certified well-managed forests in their specifications.

This means that your company is under pressure to implement a ‘Chain of Custody’.

Chain of Custody is the unbroken path which products take from the forest to the consumer, including all stages of manufacturing, transportation and distribution.

Demand for chain of custody certification has grown dramatically to the extent that the ability to prove that a timber product has been derived from a well-managed source is now a key factor in the specification of timber and paper products.

There are currently two independently accredited chain of custody programmes operating in the Timber Industry: The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) scheme and the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) scheme.

Chain of Custody certification provides evidence that the certified product originates from certified, well managed forests, and verifies that these products are not mixed with products from uncertified forests at any point in the supply chain.

Chain of Custody certification is required whenever a company carries out any material alteration to the timber/product, or whenever they take physical or legal ownership of the timber/product.

Certification to both schemes is available through our sister company BM TRADA

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