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Final decision on US-Canada softwood lumber dispute favours US
08 December, 2017
A final ruling in the US-Canada softwood lumber dispute has seen the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) uphold tariffs on Canadian softwood imports to the US.
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Groups welcome Budget housing sector boost
Thursday, November 23, 2017 The Construction Products Association (CPA) and Timber Trade Federation are among groups welcoming the government’s Budget moves to help the construction sector.
Timber merchant fined £14,000 after employee death
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Hampshire timber merchant J F Goodwillie Ltd has been fined after the death of a 48-year old employee.
UK’s oldest timber yard set to close
Monday, November 06, 2017 A judicial review has upheld a council’s decision to develop what is believed to be Britain’s oldest surviving timber yard dating from early Victorian times.
London furniture retailer first to be fined in UK under EUTR
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 Designer furniture retailer Lombok has become the first UK business to be fined for breaching regulations introduced in 2013 to prohibit the importing and sale of illegally harvested timber.
Innovation Challenge launched to encourage new timber construction products
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 A new Innovation Challenge has been launched that will encourage the Scottish timber technologies sector to innovate and develop new products and systems for the construction industry.
Timber Industries APPG reformed following election
Thursday, July 27, 2017 The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has announced the reconstitution of the Timber Industries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), following the general election.
Croatia oak log export ban discussed at EOS general assembly
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Croatia’s oak log export ban was a topic for discussion at the recent European Organisation of the Sawmilling Industry (EOS) general assembly in Vienna.
Health and safety warning issued to timber companies after court case
Monday, June 26, 2017 Timber companies are being warned to make sure their health and safety standards are up to speed after a firm was fined despite no injury or ill-health being reported.
PEFC Stakeholder Day highlights forest impacts
Monday, May 15, 2017 A snapshot of the importance of forest certification and how it affects forests in North America, Asia and Europe will be given at PEFC’s Annual Stakeholder Day on July 4.
US predicted to import more wood from Europe
Thursday, May 04, 2017 Increased European lumber exports to the US are being widely predicted this year due to a combination of soaring US lumber prices and Canadian lumber exports being hit with new import tariffs on the American border, says Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).
Canada says American lumber duties will hit Canadian timber jobs and US consumers
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 Canada has criticised the US government’s decision to impose countervailing duties of up to 24% on Canadian softwood lumber entering the US.
FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring project moves forward
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 The International Tropical Timber Organisation has relaunched the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Independent Market Monitoring programme effective April 1, 2017.
Sussex council issues forklift safety plea following timber company fine
Monday, April 03, 2017 Firms have been urged to review fork lift truck safety by Chichester District Council after Covers Timber and Builders Merchants was fined £120,000 for breaching health and safety regulations.
TTF agrees third party testing for non-EU hardwood ply
Monday, March 13, 2017 The Timber Trade Federation’s (TTF) National Panel Products Division has unanimously agreed mandatory third party species testing and third party product performance testing for all panels placed on the market from outside the EU.
Brexit minister visits Scottish sawmill
Thursday, February 16, 2017 A senior minister in the UK government’s Brexit team has had discussions with Confor on the major issues affecting the forestry and timber sector during a visit to a sawmill.
Latest twist in Pimlico timber yard saga
Thursday, February 16, 2017 A dispute over plans to redevelop what is believed to be Britain’s oldest surviving timber yard dating from early Victorian times has taken another twist.
“Let’s get Britain building,” minister tells housebuilding sector
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 The UK government has today set out ambitious housebuilding plans in its long-awaited housing industry white paper called “Fixing our broken housing market”.
Confor welcomes increased Scottish tree planting target
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Confor has welcomed new Scottish government plans to increase its annual tree planting target from 10,000ha to 15,000ha by 2025 – a growth from around 22 million to 33 million trees every year.
HSE authorises the continued use of creosote in UK
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 The use of creosote in the UK as an industrially-applied wood preservative has recently been authorised by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) under The Biocidal Products Regulation.
FLEGT-licensed timber arrives at Tilbury
Thursday, January 12, 2017 Containers of the first FLEGT-licensed wood products to arrive in the UK have been opened at Tilbury.

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