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ETTF launches new website on international timber trade

The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) has launched its new website ‘Gateway to international Timber Trade’ (www.timbertradeportal. com).

International timber traders can now find information on forestry, legal timber trade, country requirements and export from timber producing countries. The overall objective is to enhance and facilitate legal trade in tropical timber.

The construction of the website has been supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (EU STTC). Information on industry and legality has been gathered from several available sources, such as the FAO and ITTO databases, and data from ITC / Tradecom. Form international, a Dutch consultancy firm specialised in forest and plantation management and certification, is in charge for the coordination and compilation of country profiles. 

Visitors of the website are invited to add information or share their experience, using the review button on the country profiles. Also, Form international can be contacted directly at [email protected].

MD David Hopkins discloses new TTF strategy

In his new year message to the members, the newly appointed Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) David Hopkins has announced an internal rearrangement of the organisation.

"This new strategy is about refocusing on our core offering: that of providing a vibrant, vital ‘trading desk’ to ensure the supply chain runs smoothly and efficiently at all times", said Mr Hopkins.

In details, the TTF will operate a restructuring of the existing product divisions of softwood, hardwood and panel products "to also accommodate committees on cross cutting themes such as Quality & Sustainability, Education & Training, Health & Safety, and Communication & Engagement." At the same time, the Federation will promote "plans for closer working ties with the regional groups of the TTF, to encourage greater participation, involvement and engagement with members across the country."

The new strategy will also imply "providing a functioning due diligence system for members while also allowing market access and visibility for demonstrably low-risk product such as that from Grown in Britain, sustainable tropical timber initiatives and other producer schemes we should be supporting" as well as "continuing to take the leading role and leading voice on all EUTR issues at UK & EU level."

"There is a lot on the horizon for 2016 and a lot of positive change planned. I’m looking forward to the challenge.", concluded Mr Hopkins.

To read the full message click here.