Charts 1 to 6 below provide a statistical summary of EU tropical timber imports between January 2015 and May 2019 according to the status of FLEGT VPAs between tropical partner countries and the EU at the end of that period.
The EU imported 423,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wood products from Indonesia in the year ending May 2019, a 1% reduction compared to 428,000 MT in the year ending May 2018. However, in value terms EU imports from Indonesia increased 9% from €782 million to €855 million in the same period. As the Euro weakened against the US currency during this period, the increase in dollar value was less significant, up 5% from US$932 million to US$976 million.
After a dip in 2017 and the early months of 2018, EU imports of tropical wood products recovered ground in the second half of 2018 and gained momentum in the first five months of 2019. EU imports from Indonesia have increased in value terms but remain stubbornly flat in tonnage terms. There was significant recovery in EU imports of sawnwood from Cameroon in the year to May 2019. Most other gains during this period were in imports from countries not engaged in the VPA process, including Brazil, China, India, Panama, and Cuba.
The Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) and ATIBT’s Fair & Precious (F&P) branding campaign are to collaborate in communications and marketing. Both initiatives promote verified sustainable tropical timber in Europe and highlight the role demand for it plays in incentivising the uptake of sustainable forest management in tropical supplier countries and in preserving tropical forest.
At its January think tank International Tropical Timber Technical Association (ATIBT) members decided on four activity ‘axes’ and discussed proposed actions and objectives under each to grow the international market for tropical timber. However, the organisation has said that it has decided for the time being that its Fair & Precious tropical timber branding campaign will only commend certification as a tropical timber procurement criteria, and not FLEGT licensing.
Charts 1 to 6 below provide a statistical summary of EU tropical timber imports between January 2015 and November 2018 according to the status of FLEGT VPAs between tropical partner countries and the EU at the end of that period.
After a dip in 2017, EU imports of tropical wood products recovered ground in 2018. Most of the gains in 2018 were in imports from countries not engaged in the VPA process, including Nigeria, Brazil, India and China.
The EU imported 422,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wood products from Indonesia in the year ending November 2018 compared to 414,000 MT in the year ending November 2017. In value terms, EU imports from Indonesia increased from €786 million to €794 million in the same period. As the € strengthened against the US currency during this period, the increase in dollar value was even more significant, from US$864 million to US$934 million.
Video of IMM presentation providing an overview of the global tropical timber trade and commenting on implications for the FLEGT VPA process delivered to the Chatham House Illegal Logging Update meeting in November 2018.
Le SIM a publié un rapport sur «Les partenaires de l'APV FLEGT dans le commerce du bois de l'UE en 2017», qui utilise les dernières données pour évaluer l'évolution de la position des pays partenaires d’un APV sur le marché dans le commerce international du bois.Etant donné que l’Indonésie a commencé à délivrer des licences en novembre 2016, c’est lepremier rapport SIM à couvrir une période durant laquelle du bois sous licence FLEGT a été disponible sur le marché de l'UE. C’est également le premier rapport annuel SIM pour lequel le SIM a pu accéder à des données d'enquêtes exhaustives provenant du réseau complet de correspondants dans les sept pays de l'UE représentant l’essentiel des ventes (soit plus de 90%) des importations de l’UE en bois tropicaux et produits dérivés en provenance des pays partenaires d’un APV.
Contribution from the EU FLEGT Facility: A new website developed by the EU FLEGT Facility provides timber traders, specifiers, architects and retailers with information on business benefits of trading in FLEGT-licensed timber. It also demonstrates social, environmental and economic benefits that such trade brings to producer countries.
Timber Transformer, the exhibition on Indonesia’s journey through its FLEGT VPA process mounted by the UK Timber Trade Federation, won the Timber Trades Journal 2018 Environmental Achievement Award.
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