In January 2020, the United Kingdom updated its timber trade guidance to include the status of imports and exports. From 1 January 2021, operators and importers will have to follow different processes for the trade in timber and timber products currently covered by EU legislation. The guidance document underlines that the UK will have its own legislation on timber trade and that this legislation will contain the same requirements as existing EU rules.
From 1 January 2021, businesses will need to show imports from the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) have been legally harvested. The businesses must follow these regulations from 1 January 2021 when they import timber from non-EU and EEA countries. To show the business is importing legally harvested timber, you need to carry out due diligence to make sure you: gather information on the timber - its species, quantity, supplier, country of harvest and how it complies with relevant laws assess the risk of illegally harvested timber entering the business supply chain mitigate any identified risk to negligible by gathering more information or implementing further actions.
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