July 2020 Message from Lead Consultant
Furniture sector follow-up study entering final phase
The IMM is preparing a second furniture sector study, to update and broaden analysis undertaken by the furniture sector scoping study in 2018. The study aims to provide a better understanding of market conditions, trends and distribution channels for wood furniture from VPA partner countries and direct competitors. It includes an analysis of factors determining the relative competitiveness of VPA partner countries in relevant EU furniture market segments and provides commentary on the current and potential role of FLEGT Licensing to improve market access in the EU and other regulated markets.
The first two study phases, which involved preparation of a furniture sector overview report for VPA partner countries Indonesia, Viet Nam and Malaysia as well as regional competitors China and India and a series of interviews with furniture importers and retailers in European key consumer countries, will be completed in July. The final phase will be dedicated to interviews with furniture sector associations in Indonesia, Viet Nam and India and has been launched in early July. IMM is expecting to publish the new furniture study in October 2020.