TTF agrees third party testing for non-EU hardwood ply

13 March 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.

The move represents further action by the TTF to ensure product performance in hardwood plywood, following on from last year’s agreement to enact mandatory third-party verification of marine plywood for TTF members.

The TTF said there had been ongoing concerns about hardwood plywood being imported to the UK, particularly Chinese-made products.

It said the latest decision would help eliminate the unfairness borne by many EU-based manufacturers and allays their concerns about the “unjust” effect within the plywood market.