Frequently Asked Questions

Here we have answered a selection of the most commonly-asked questions we recieve. You can also find answers to more specific queries on our Technical FAQ page and Sustainability FAQ page.

 

If you would like to know any further information on what we do, our members, or joining TTF, then please get in touch using our Contact Us page.

Who can join the TTF?

Membership is open to any company or organisation, within the UK, that operates or trades within the timber industry. This includes importers, merchants, manufacturers and agents, as well as any other organisations and institutions whose customers deal with timber.

How do I become a member of the TTF?

Very easily. The TTF membership is wide-ranging and covers the full gamut of products and timber technologies that operate within the sector. Simply contact our Head of Membership for more details.  You can see the range of our services and benefits here.

Can I have a list of your members and what they deal in?

On the TTF Member’s Directory & Buyer’s Guide there is a full listing of all TTF members and what aspect of the timber industry they deal in including TTF associate members, and contact details.

What is the difference between FULL and ASSOCIATE membership?

Companies who deal directly in timber and timber products can become full members.

 

Companies and organisations who support the timber trade, but who do not deal in timber or timber products, can become associate members. Examples of services to the trade might include logistics, insurance, currency services, software, and security.

How do I set up my own timber business?

Like starting up any business you will need to research your market, develop your business plan and receive funding.  You may wish to speak to a number of timber agents to develop an idea of the market. You will need to be sure that you meet the requirements of the EUTR when placing timber products on the EU market, and you will need to look into a product certification or a Chain of Custody certification.

 

You may also need to consider any plant health issues if you are importing material from outside the EU, you can speak to the Forestry Commission about this.

How much does it cost to join the TTF?

Full membership fees are calculated on a trader’s timber purchase figures, or an agent’s commission. When a company applies to join the TTF we ask for this figure and some additional information in order to calculate the fee. Associate members pay up to £2,000 depending on turnover. Both types of membership run for 12 months and are renewable annually.