On 3rd March 2013, The Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 laid down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market, also known as the EUTR and hereafter referred to as "The Regulation".
It is a mandatory regulation that all organisations, who trade using wood-based materials (including pulp and paper), must follow. Up until the introduction of The Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 in 2010, there has been no specific legislation in the EU to prohibit the trade in illegal timber or to make organisations take significant steps to assure that the timber they trade originates from legal sources.
The world’s forests perform a number of critical functions both globally and locally. They are fundamental to regulating the earth’s climate, preserving rich sources of biodiversity and providing prosperity for many local communities. Today, many of the world’s natural forests have been lost with the majority of losses occurring over the last 100 years. Although there are a variety of reasons for the continued destruction of natural forests, one of the biggest threats comes from unsustainable forest management practices and illegal logging.
Antalis is an International paper merchant that purchases paper and board products from many different countries. In the United Kingdom the products purchased by Antalis for sale to its UK customers are from suppliers all within the internal market. Under this Regulation Antalis is regarded as a Trader. Antalis does not purchase wood derived products from suppliers in countries outside the internal market and is not an operator.
The National Measurement Office, the appointed competent authority by the secretary of state for the department of food, Environment and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom for Regulation (EU) 995 2010, identified Antalis as a potential operator and conducted a formal enquiry of Antalis products on 7th October 2013. The appropriate information was submitted and formal acknowledgment and closure from the National Measurement Office was received on 11th October 2013.
Further information on the timber regulations are available for download below