The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) draws its members’ attention to the fact that on January 1, 2021, the EUTR in the United Kingdom will be replaced by the UK Timber Regulation UKTR. Timber imports from the EU will then become more complicated.
The European Timber Regulation EUTR still applies in the United Kingdom until December 31, 2020. It regulates the import of wood and wood products into the EU and aims to ensure their legality.
With the completion of Brexit, their counterpart for Great Britain, the UKTR, will come into force for England, Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland remains within the scope of the EUTR, as regulated in a special protocol.
The requirements of the UKTR are comparable to those of the EUTR. With one big difference: so far, British companies have been able to buy wood in the EU without any major administrative effort. If a company purchases wood from the EU on or after January 1st, it is a “distributor” and has to fully demonstrate the legality of the wood. So far, this only applies to imports from outside the EU.
Brexit is also making things a little more complicated for the wood industry.