Trading timber: imports and exports from 1 January 2021

Guide

Last updated 6 January 2021

The UK Timber Regulation and UK FLEGT applies in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) while Northern Ireland remains subject to the European Timber Regulations.

There will be no changes to the current process for businesses importing from outside of the EU and UK producers first placing timber on the internal market they will still need to carry out due diligence as before.

Importing to Northern Ireland from the EU and EEA

The European Timber Regulations will apply in Northern Ireland.

This means there will be no change in the way the Timber Regulations work if you’re importing timber from the EU EEA to Northern Ireland.

Exporting to the EU and EEA from Northern Ireland

The European Timber Regulations will apply in Northern Ireland.

This means there will be no change in the way the Timber Regulations work if you’re exporting timber from Northern Ireland to the EU EEA.

Moving timber to Northern Ireland from GB

The European Timber Regulations will apply in Northern Ireland.

You’ll need to show imports from GB have been legally harvested to meet the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) due diligence rules.

Businesses must follow these regulations from 1 January 2021 when they import timber from non-EU and EEA countries.

To show you’re importing legally harvested timber, you’ll need to carry out due diligence. Use the due diligence checklist to make sure you:

  • gather information on the timber - its species, quantity, supplier, country of harvest and how it complies with relevant laws
  • assess the risk of illegally harvested timber entering your supply chain
  • mitigate any identified risk to negligible by gathering more information or implementing further actions

Timber will be recognised as legally harvested if one of the following applies:

You will not need to carry out due diligence on this timber.

Moving timber to GB from Northern Ireland

If you’re moving timber from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, there will be no change in the way the Timber Regulations work. This means there will be no new checks on Northern Ireland to GB timber movements.

Timber and timber products placed on the market in Northern Ireland will not need additional due diligence to be placed on the market in GB.

Businesses in GB who buy or sell timber already on the market in Northern Ireland will be considered as ‘traders’ in the Timber Regulations.

Standards and enforcement

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) will continue to enforce the regulations in both Northern Ireland and GB. The OPSS will:

Monitoring organisations

The UK will still approve monitoring organisations based in the UK and they can support businesses to comply with the Timber Regulations.

The UK will not automatically approve EU or EEA monitoring organisations from 1 January 2021.

The EU will no longer approve monitoring organisations based in the UK from 1 January 2021.

Businesses in Northern Ireland can continue to use monitoring organisations approved by the EU from 1 January 2021.

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