Illegal timber ban agreed

The European Parliament and member state representatives have agreed to ban illegal timber from the EU market from 2012. Some countries were originally against the idea

The EU is set to ban illegally logged timber from 2012 after a deal in June between MEPs and member state negotiators. Member states had rejected plans for a ban in the past, preferring instead a requirement on traders to implement ‘due diligence’ systems to check timber sources (ENDS Report 419, p 27).

A copy of the compromise agreement obtained by ENDS, suggests those firms that first place imported timber on the EU market will be responsible for complying with the ban.

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