Select Committee on Environmental Audit Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 7

Memorandum from the Timber Trade Federation

INTRODUCTION

  1.  The Timber Trade Federation is the leading trade association for the United Kingdom timber-importing sector. The Federation has nearly 400 members and covers approximately 85 per cent of the sector. The Federation has its own Forests Forever campaign, which aims to promote timber as a sustainable and renewable material.

ENVIRONMENTAL CODE OF PRACTICE

  2.  The Timber Trade Federation has just launched its own Conduct Assurance Scheme, part of which is a new Environmental Code of Practice. This commits all Federation members to sourcing their timber and timber products from legal and well-managed forests. Federation members unreservedly condemn illegal logging practices and commit themselves to working with suppliers and other stakeholders towards their complete elimination.

ENVIRONMENTAL PURCHASING POLICY

  3.  The Federation has developed an environmental purchasing policy, which commits its signatories to working in partnership with suppliers towards environmental goals including traceability of timber through the supply chain and evidence of good forest management. It aims to raise environmental standards and increase transparency along the supply chain. The environmental purchasing policy provides additional assurances where certified timber is unavailable.

CERTIFICATION

  4.  More than 90 per cent of imports are from the temperate regions, such as Scandinavia and the Baltic States where excellent progress has been made to achieve independent certification of forests. Although progress has been made towards ensuring that forest products are sourced from well-managed sources, work is still required to avoid the importation of illegally logged timber. Large areas of natural forests in the tropics have not been certified yet, and although tropical hardwoods only represent 7 per cent of volume of the total imports in the UK, there remains a need to seek documentary evidence on legality and sustainability when sourcing from these countries.

TIMBER PROCUREMENT/ILLEGAL LOGGING

  5.  The Timber Trade Federation participated in stakeholder meetings on the UK Government Procurement of Timber Products from Legal & Sustainable Sources and contributed to the draft document produced by Environmental Resource Management. The Federation also arranged meetings with Environment Minister Michael Meacher MP and International Development Minister Hilary Benn MP on the subject of illegal logging. Input was also made to the Royal Institute of International Affairs for DFID on "Controlling the International Trade in Illegally Logged Timber and Wood Products."

  6.  The Timber Trade Federation also facilitated dialogue between the UK importing trade, DFID and the Indonesian Government and attended a meeting of Forestry Minister Prokasa and Hilary Benn MP.

  7.  The Timber Trade Federation gave a presentation on the UK imported wood trade practices regarding the sourcing of tropical timber at the DFID sponsored workshop on "Verifying Wood Sources: Developing Effective Log Tracking and Chain of Custody Systems "in Cambodia in March 2002.

SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

  8.  The Timber Trade Federation is a member of the taskforce, which is preparing the forest business sustainability strategy co-ordinated by the Forest Industries Development Council (FIDC). As the UK currently imports most of the forest products consumed, the responsible sourcing of timber is the most important priority for the imported timber sector and the strategy will therefore examine issues surrounding the sourcing of timber imports.

CITES

  9.  The Timber Trade Federation regularly updates members on the latest developments on CITES regulations. In April 2002 the TTF produced a guidance note for members on CITES listed timber species utilised in trade and associated documentation required when trading in listed species. The Federation organised a meeting with the UK management authority, DEFRA Wildlife Division in February 2002 on the trade in Brazilian Mahogany.

DEVELOPMENT OF CERTIFICATION SCHEME

  10.  The Timber Trade Federation is one of the founding members of the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme Steering Group involved with facilitating uptake of certification conforming to UKWAS and improving access to certification for small woodlands in the UK.

May 2002

Annex A

1.  UNITED KINGDOM IMPORTS OF PRIMARY WOOD PRODUCTS
19992000 20011999 20002001
000s Euro000s Euro 000s Eurom3 m3m3
Softwood logs/lumber1,269,592 1,502,7231,410,4276,991,724 7,220,7317,200,000
Tropical hardwood logs/lumber118,176 142,049130,291223,823 208,623226,549
Temperate hardwood logs/lumber184,500 224,258237,144237,000 245,000260,000
Softwood plywood180,900 188,580214,224563,000 546,639668,777
Tropical hardwood plywood163,356 194,250220,817447,368 476,082618,135
Temperate hardwood plywood71,253 84,995102,743155,791 187,945335,407
Softwood veneer14,750 15,80418,76117,582 16,77822,224
Temperate hardwood veneer39,112 46,37537,30820,962 24,68820,000
Tropical hardwood veneer20,647 18,24117,60015,842 13,00013,000
Total primary wood products2,062,286 2,417,2752,389,3158,673,092 8,939,4869,364,092% per vol 2001
Total coniferous1,465,242 1,707,1071,643,4127,572,306 7,784,1487,891,00187.3%
Total tropical hardwood302,179 354,540368,708687,033 697,705857,6847.9%
Total temperate hardwood
294,865
355,628377,195413,753 457,633615,4074.8%

2.  TROPICAL HARDWOOD LOG/LUMBER IMPORTS INTO THE UNITED KINGDOM BY COUNTRY
19992000 20011999 20002001
000s Euro000s Euro 000s Eurom3 m3m3
Malaysia34,41839,423 30,34167,69062,797 50,881
Cameroon19,46027,518 23,64940,79046,108 38,585
Netherlands11,26511,951 13,07717,41714,627 17,177
Ghana10,89211,057 9,45321,30718,888 17,928
Ivory Coast7,08611,933 10,10412,17320,191 17,373
Brazil (all species)9,654 8,17712,00113,683 9,41513,896
Brazil (mahogany only)5,200 5,2503,4004,000 3,5002,000
Indonesia4,7937,005 4,6896,6747,060 6,056
Belgium2,0922,715 2,7193,6513,849 13,043
Germany2,0492,600 4,0523,6333,879 5,793
Singapore1,6461,893 1,8472,2161,736 2,163
Other14,82117,777 18,35734,58920,073 43,653
Total118,176142,049 130,291223,823208,623 226,549


Annex B

South American sawn

Brazil

Mahogany (Swietenia)

C&F, UK Port

GradeFAS FASFASFAS
Air dried/kiln driedAD ADKDKD
Thickness1"-2" 2.5"-3"1"-2" 2.5"-3"
US$/m3US$/m3 US$/m3US$/m3 US$/£US$/Euro
2001Nov1,5201,540 1,6201,6401.43 0.90
2001Oct1,5201,540 1,6201,6401.46 0.90
2001Sep1,5201,540 1,6201,6401.47 0.92
2001Aug1,5501,570 1,6501,6701.45 0.91
2001Jul1,5201,540 1,6201,6401.43 0.87
2001Jun1,4901,510 1,5601,5901.41 0.84
2001May1,4501,470 1,5201,5501.42 0.86
2001Apr1,4001,420 1,4701,5001.44 0.89
2001Mar1,4001,420 1,4701,5001.42 0.88
2001Feb1,4001,420 1,4701,5001.47 0.94
2001Jan1,4001,420 1,4701,5001.46 0.92
2000Dec1,4001,420 1,4701,5001.49 0.94
2000Nov1,3301,350 1,4101,4401.42 0.85
2000Oct1,3301,350 1,4101,4401.44 0.88
2000Sept1,3301,350 1,4101,4401.48 0.87
2000Aug1,3301,350 1,4101,4401.42 0.93
2000July1,3401,360 1,4101,4401.50 0.93
2000June1,3001,310 1,3701,4001.51 0.96
2000May1,3001,310 1,3701,4001.48 0.93
2000Apr1,3001,310 1,3701,4001.56 0.89
2000Mar1,3001,310 1,3701,4001.60 0.95
2000Feb1,3001,310 1,3701,4001.59 0.98
2000Jan1,3001,310 1,3701,4001.62 1.03
1999Dec1,2251,235 1,2951,3251.61 0.99
1999Nov1,2251,235 1,2951,3251.60 1.00
South American sawn

Brazil

Mahogany (Swietenia)

C&F, UK Port

GradeFAS FASFAS FAS
Air dried/kiln driedAD ADKD KD
Thickness1"-2" 2.5"-3"1"-2" 2.5"-3"
Euro/m3US$/m3 US$/m3US$/m3
2001Nov1,6891,711 1,8001,822
2001Oct1,6891,711 1,8001,822
2001Sep1,6521,674 1,7611,783
2001Aug1,7031,725 1,8131,835
2001Jul1,7471,770 1,8621,885
2001Jun1,7741,798 1,8571,893
2001May1,6861,709 1,7671,802
2001Apr1,5731,596 1,6521,685
2001Mar1,5911,614 1,6701,705
2001Feb1,4891,511 1,5641,596
2001Jan1,5221,543 1,5981,630
2000Dec1,4891,511 1,5641,596
2000Nov1,5651,588 1,6591,694
2000 Oct1,5111,534 1,6021,636
2000Sept1,5291,552 1,6211,655
2000Aug1,4301,452 1,5161,548
2000July1,4411,462 1,5161,548
2000June1,3541,365 1,4271,458
2000May1,3981,409 1,4731,505
2000Apr1,4611,472 1,5391,573
2000Mar1,3681,379 1,4421,474
2000Feb1,3271,337 1,3981,429
2000Jan1,2621,272 1,3301,359
1999Dec1,2371,247 1,3081,338
1999Nov1,2251,235 1,2951,325
Average price in 000s euros
20011,706
20001,480
19991,276




 
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