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The EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan was established in 2003 to reduce illegal logging by improving forest management and promoting trade in legally produced timber.
EU Timber Regulations (EUTR) came into force in 2013 as part of the FLEGT Action Plan banning the sale of illegal timber products within the EU.
Oak Furnitureland is considered to be an ‘operator’ under EUTR. We are required to implement and operate a due diligence system in order to minimise the risk of placing illegal timber or any of its derived products on the EU market.
We have been working closely with one of the European Commission's recognised Monitoring Organisations to reinforce our due diligence system, and to ensure we comply with EUTR.
EU-recognised Monitoring Organisations have been evaluated by the European Commission to assist operators in meeting their EUTR obligations.
From 1 January 2021, EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) no longer applies in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), however it still applies in Northern Ireland. In its place, the UK Timber Regulation (UKTR) applies in Great Britain.
The UKTR has exactly the same requirements as the EUTR - it prohibits placing illegally harvested timber and products derived from such timber on the market.
Under both these regulations, we are obliged to carry out due diligence, to ensure the timber used to make our products is legally harvested.