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Timber Market undergoes biggest period of change in decades

Property Consultants Bidwells have released their Summer 2018 Timber Price Database which looks at the standing conifer timber prices achieved in the six months to September 2017, indicating the timber market has undergone perhaps the biggest period of change seen in decades.

Returns from 79 transactions totalling over 742,000 cubic metres of coniferous timber, with a value to the grower in excess of £28 Million have been received and indicate on average significant price rises over the period.

With Bidwell’s last commentary back in December 2017 stated that there were “current reports of supply shortages and increasing upwards pressure on standing sales values” – this has proved to be something of an understatement as the latest set of results for October 2017 – March 2018 had clearly demonstrated.

All signals are pointing towards prices of coniferous timber throughout Scotland & Northern England having continued to increase since the end of March and there are still considerable supply pressures on timber processors. 

Raymond Henderson, Forestry Partner at Bidwells commented: “It is always difficult to predict the future, given the influence which global demand and exchange rates have on domestic timber values, but the overall macro-economic situation of increasing demand and tightening supplies suggests no reason to suspect a weakening of prices over the short term."

“Good news for timber growers then, but possibly less so for many processors, and given the closely linked health dependence of each sector on the other, it can be in no-one’s best interests to see unsustainably high prices. The hope is therefore that what we have been seeing is a re-basing of timber values at levels which can be maintained in the long term.”

To view the full insights and research, please click on the report here

 

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NEPCon launches online survey on Due Diligence best practices and EUTR

NEPCon is encouraging EU-based companies working in the timber sector to share their experience with Due Diligence and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

The five-minute survey is part of the 'Supporting Legal Timber Trade' project, aimed to show timber-related businesses how to align with the EU Timber Regulation and discover possibilities of gaining a competitive edge.

The survey targets a wide range of timber-related companies from pulp and paper manufacturer, sawmill, wood processor to timber trader.

The online consultation is available in 10 languages, namely English, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, German, Romanian, Hungarian, Spanish and Portuguese.

This survey will provide further understanding on how confident the companies are with the EUTR and the Due Diligence and difficulties they are experiencing, as well as their trusted resources to help them comply with the regulations.

 

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Timber Trade mission to Belarus scheduled for June 2018

Following a number of Belarusian-UK events in timber sector in 2017, the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange (hereafter – BUCE) in partnership with the UK Department for International Trade, the Embassy of The Republic of Belarus in The United Kingdom and the Embassy of the United Kingdom in the Republic of Belarus, have organised a timber trade mission to Belarus.

The visit - to take place from 17 to 20 June 2018 - is open for registration until 19th May 2018 and can host up to 7 delegates.

British companies will be introduced to the export sales of sawnwood from Belarus with the opporunity to meet Belarusian timber industry decision makers, including members of the Government, leadership of the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange (the only organization authorized for direct sales of sawnwood from sawmills), CEOs of Belarusian sawmills, traders and market experts.

Delegates will get in-depth information on :

  • Timber industry within Belarus, sawn softwood export conditions; FYI: 2017 Belarusian timber trade/average prices in 2017.
  • brokers services; pre-delivery independent inspection services; UK shipment services; discussing payment methods, long term sawnwood supplies etc.
  • side focus for refunded places: information on panel production (chipboards, particle boards, plywood, fiberboards MDF, floor covering: laminated floor panels, solid wood flooring, parquet, etc.), glued laminated timber, prefabricated wooden houses, gardening and fencing etc.
    Free transportation within Belarus will be arranged for you to the factories and mills, meetings with the top-management of the companies will be organized.

Highlights of the visit includes:

  • Visit to the “Belarusian universal commodity exchange”, presentation, timber products online auction master class, meeting with traders, accredited at BUCE;
  • Meeting with the Belarusian Production and Trade Concern of timber, woodworking, pulp and paper industry "Bellesbumprom"
  • Reception for UK delegation on behalf of H.E. Ambassador of the United Kingdom Ms Fionna Gibb
  • Individual visits to sawmills and woodworking factories, according to the interests of the each delegate.

Click to see the draft program of the visit for details.

For more info about the mission, click here.

 

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Market dynamics and material shortages set to affect Oak wood availability in Europe

Markets for European Oak are facing increased pressure on price and availability. This is the key message delivered at the European Oak Conference held in London on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

The event – organised by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) in conjunction with the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) – featured an extensive agenda of high-profile speakers and expert panellists from top supplying countries such as Croatia, France, Poland and Ukraine. Over 100 attendees joined the Conference raising questions and actively engaging in the debate.

The speakers agreed that a combination of increased demand and market restrictions have been affecting Oak wood prices over the past few years. Significantly, as highlighted by the EOS Secretary General Silvia Melegari, exports of logs from the EU to China have soared by 181% in the last 10 years (2016 compared to 2007, source Eurostat). This growing demand is having major impacts on European Oak producers, particularly France.

The availability of European Oak is also affected by log bans in place in supplying countries such as Croatia and Ukraine due to the impact of pests (Croatia) or governmental measures to improve domestic Industry (Ukraine). This shortage of raw materials is causing several sawmills to keep production low, preventing the sector from achieving its full potential.

Silvia Melegari reminded the audience that “the concerns of the hardwood sawmill sectors have been voiced in several occasions” and that “both the EU Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee have invited Member States to ensure that wood supply from the region's forests is sufficient to satisfy, on a sustainable basis, local industries' needs and society's needs”.

The Conference also featured a panel discussion where attendees had the opportunity to address some key issues and debate them with the speakers. Main topics included: Trade post-Brexit; Oak wood price and availability; Transport bans; Pests control; International co-operation in the sector.

“For its aesthetic and technical qualities, Oak remains a prime product for UK timber importers and traders,” says TTF Managing Director David Hopkins. “However, material shortage and international trade dynamics are likely to drive prices higher in the near future. This may open the market for alternative hardwood species.”

“The TTF - in collaboration with European partner organisations - will be monitoring market trends as well as providing assistance and guidance to members and stakeholders.”

A photo gallery of the conference is available here.

 

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UK timber operator fined under EUTR for failing to exercise due diligence

On 2nd March 2018, UK timber operator Hardwood Dimensions Holdings Limited pleaded guilty to an offence under reg4(b) of the Timber Products (Placing on the Market ) Regulations 2013.

The offence related to deficiencies within the Due Diligence system used by the company on its purchases of West African Timber, in this case FSC Certified Ayous in January 2017.

Subsequent to the enforcement visit it was acknowledged by BEIS that none of the material imported was from an illegal source. The prosecution was solely focused on the company’s due diligence systems. Hardwood Dimensions Holdings Limited co-operated fully at every stage of the investigation.

As a consequence of the investigations, and as advised by the investigators, Hardwood Dimensions Holdings Limited have adopted the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) RPP Due Diligence Tool kit and along with the TTF’s and the BEIS’s support have now implemented it across all of the products they place on the EU Market.

Simon Marsden Joint Managing Director of Hardwood Dimensions Holdings Ltd said: “This case shows how easy it is to fall foul of the EUTR. As a company, we felt we had adequate procedures in place, particularly in this case as we were purchasing FSC Certified material. However, this is clearly not the case and we admitted that for this one particular supply line our Due Diligence systems were deficient.

We are now utilising the RPP Due Diligence toolkit provided by the TTF and it has already shown to be far more robust and comprehensive than our previous system."

Following the prosecution, David Hopkins, Managing Director of the TTF said: “This case highlights the need for all importers to conduct thorough Due Diligence assessments on all of their products, even those which carry FSC certification. FSC alone is no guarantee of having complied with legal process. It is the sole responsibility of importers to ensure compliance with the EUTR and that all relevant procedures are in place.

It was clear that the timber itself was not illegally harvested, but the company has been punished for not following due process.

The TTF provides all of the tools needed to conduct exemplary due diligence via our Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP). We will continue to work with our members to ensure the highest levels of due diligence, and would recommend all of our members attend our free EUTR and RPP workshops around the country.”

"The TTF's RPP framework was reviewed and overhauled during 2016, to provide a more robust and transparent system to members. This went live in 2017, with all members moving to the new system in phases during that year."

All ‘operators’ (importers) in TTF Membership are independently third-party audited by the Soil Association, a Monitoring Organisation of the EUTR.

Hardwood Dimensions Holdings Ltd has moved to incorporate the TTF’s new RPP toolkit as its Due Diligence system, in line with advice from the Competent Authority. They have subsequently improved their due diligence and completed a third party auditing process.

"The TTF will continue to work with all members to ensure we provide high levels of training in EUTR compliance," David Hopkins concluded.

For more information, contact the Timber Trade Federation at [email protected]

 

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