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Confor welcomes Forestry Bill
22 March, 2018
Confor has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s backing of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill, including the decision not to implement a single forest agency in Scotland.
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UK timber company fined under EUTR
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 A British timber company has been fined £4,000 for breaching the EU Timber Regulation by importing a batch of FSC-certified West African hardwood without conducting satisfactory due diligence as required under the regulation.
UK ministers hail Indonesia’s transformative FLEGT achievement
Monday, March 05, 2018 The UK Timber Trade Federation’s Timber Transformer exhibition describes the challenging journey Indonesia undertook to become the first country to issue its EU timber exports with FLEGT licences as legality assurance.
Brexit debate underway in timber sector, UK traders told
Monday, February 19, 2018 Government departments are in contact with timber industry representative bodies about the effects of Brexit, a gathering of more than 200 UK traders has been told.
UK environment minister pledges EUTR will remain after Brexit
Monday, February 12, 2018 UK environment minister Dr Therese Coffey has assured the timber sector that the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT will continue after Brexit.
Timber trade invited to help shape FLEGT VPA process at London event
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 UK timber traders will have an opportunity to help shape the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) VPA process through a trade consultation in London.
UK homegrown sector lobbies minister on log supply/pricing crisis
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 About 30 representatives across the UK homegrown timber industry met in Edinburgh with Scottish minister Fergus Ewing on Monday to discuss the current log supply/price crisis gripping the sector.
Lost timber cargo yet to make landfall in southern England
Tuesday, January 02, 2018 Timber cargo lost off the coast of Sussex on Boxing Day is still yet to come ashore.
Final decision on US-Canada softwood lumber dispute favours US
Friday, December 08, 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.
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.

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