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Royal Forestry Society opens tender for Forestry Skills Study 2017

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is inviting stakeholders and consultants to submit a proposal and quotation for a sector skills study that evaluates the current profile and status of the Forestry Industry in terms of skills gaps and shortages, training provision, and future needs.

This study is commissioned by the Royal Forestry Society, with support from Woodland Heritage, Forestry Commission England and Scottish Forestry Trust, working on behalf of the Forestry Skills Forum (FSF)

Interested parties can submit a proposal for the delivery of the study addressing the following items:

  • How would you approach the task?
  • What are your relevant skills and experience for the assignment?
  • Can you meet the requirements of the tender in terms of time, resources and other commitments?
  • Provide a quotation that includes a detailed pricing schedule and clearly states what is included or excluded.
  • Provide contact information for a minimum of two references.

The completed proposal (2500 words maximum), quotation and any enquires about this invitation should be sent by email to Ted Wilson, Education Manager, Royal Forestry Society - ted.wilson@rfs.org.uk - by Friday 19 May 2017, 5 pm.

All submissions will be evaluated objectively as detailed in the Evaluation Matrix.

A brief of the work is available here.

 

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BMF urges Government and Opposition to negotiate mutually-beneficial customs agreement with EU

“We want to negotiate to ensure there are no new customs burdens when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in two years’ time” was the message from Sir Keir Starmer MP to the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) yesterday.

The Shadow Brexit Secretary was answering a question from Brett Amphlett, who represented the BMF at a major Labour Party event in Westminster. Sir Keir gave a keynote televised speech to set out his Party’s approach to leaving the EU if Labour wins the forthcoming General Election.

The BMF wants politicians of all parties to understand that leaving the Customs Union without a comprehensive UK-EU free trade agreement will unsettle business confidence and planned investments - with severe consequences for the merchants and manufacturers it represents.

Sir Keir was asked whether the HMRC and port authorities have sufficient resources to deal with millions more customs’ declarations that will be necessary when the UK leaves the EU Customs’ Union. The BMF argues that if inspections at ports are not properly resourced, consignments will be stuck on quaysides urges Government and causing unnecessary backlogs and delays in fulfilling customer orders.

Sir Keir said that the country cannot have a situation where ‘no deal’ is better than a ‘bad deal’ and that there will have to be transitional arrangements to avoid uncertainty for affected businesses.

Yesterday’s speech took place at the Institute of Civil Engineers in front of an invited audience of businessmen and women and political editors from the national print & broadcast media.

Since the Prime Minister triggered the EU Article 50 clause, the BMF has been lobbying MPs to persuade the Government to negotiate a mutually-beneficial new customs agreement based on zero or low tariffs. More should be done to prepare for the possibility of no deal with the EU - and the unwanted extra bureaucratic and financial burdens that will arise from that, says the BMF.

 

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New PEFC UK brochure promotes Certified Packaging in the Food To Go Sector

PEFC UK has recently published a short brochure for businesses in the ‘food to go’ sector designed to demonstrate a commitment to responsibly-sourced packaging to their customers.  

The brochure - downloadable here - also provides useful information on the use of PEFC’s distinctive ‘two trees’ label which is exclusively available on PEFC-certified products.

"Consumers expect packaging to be responsibly sourced, easily recycled with a minimal impact on the environment and ultimately, the world’s forests", said PEFC UK Team. "Recognising the importance of meeting customer expectations, more and more manufacturers are now producing packaging certified as sustainable through assurance programmes such as PEFC’s."

“Consumer perception is very important to the companies we supply,” confirmed Clare Lloyd, Key Account Manager at Colpac. “So it is paramount that we are able to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable sourcing. The PEFC label can serve as an excellent stamp of approval, giving customers confidence in a product’s environmental credentials”.

 

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Europe continues to dominate Supply of Timber and Panel Products to UK Market

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has issued its Monthly Stats Bulletin for April 2017 including a focus on the on the Source of Timber and Panel Products Supply to the UK Market in 2016.

According to TTF data:

- UK imports of the main timber and panel products rose in 2016 by 5.2% to climb to a total of 9.8 million m3.

- Europe accounted for the great majority of the volume of timber imported to the UK, supplying 86% of all imports. Volume from Europe was 8.4 million m3, an increase of just over 6% on 2015.

- Volume supplied specifically from the EU amounted to 7.9 million m3, or 93% of all volume from Europe including Russia.

- The share of supply from Asia fell from 8.7% in 2015 to 8.0% in 2016, mainly due to lower plywood volumes shipped from China.

- The share of supply held by North America fell for the third year in a row, down from 2.3% in 2014 to 1.9% in 2016.

Softwood is by far the main product imported to the UK Timber Market, mostly for Europe. The European supply continued to be dominated by EU countries such as Sweden, with a 43% share of supply, Latvia, Finland, Germany and the Republic of Ireland.

Hardwood is traded in much lower volumes with products mostly coming from Europe (51% of global market share in 2016) and North America (28% of global market share). 

TTF Members can access the complete infographic on the Source of Timber and Panel Products Supply to the UK Market in 2016 here.

 

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Teak from Myanmar: TTF warns on high risk of illegality in the supply chain

Following Denmark’s recent decision to prohibit Danish companies selling Teak from Myanmar on the EU market, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has warned its member companies of the high risk of illegal logging in the area.

According to the TTF, currently it is extremely difficult to fully document the Myanmar supply chain from forest source to export and, therefore, conducting due diligence.

However, the TTF also notes that on 16 March this year the Myanmar Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) published a statement setting out the next steps in the country’s forestry reform process.  In the statement on behalf of the Union Minister, U Ohn Win, there was an acknowledgement of the complexity of the current system and a commitment to streamlining their systems.  A joint focal group has been convened to prepare a document for international traders that sets out a full description of supply chain documents.  This will be aligned with the restarting of logging following the current 2016-17 Logging Moratorium so that the new harvest will have improved traceability. 

David Hopkins, Managing Director of the TTF said: “If the EUTR is to be successfully implemented, then there must be a level playing field in Europe. This means we should respect the decisions made in Sweden and Denmark. While noting the positive reform changes recently announced in Myanmar we continue to advise our members to exercise caution in any trade from Myanmar, be aware of ongoing reform developments and ensure that all due diligence documents are clearly in place.” 

 

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