Coniferous Plywood Quota

Coniferous Plywood Quota

As part of the EU customs union the UK had access to a duty-free quota of 650,000m3 of coniferous plywood which met a very specific product definition. Now the UK has left the EU, the UK has applied its own quota to this product, allowing the first 167,352m3 of coniferous plywood to be imported duty-free for the UK and Northern Ireland, after which 6% duty will be applied. This number represents the average, over 5 years, of UK receipts against the EU quota. The quota should not be used for imports from sources where the UK has a free trade agreement in place such as the EU, Canada, Chile, or South Africa.


The tariff quota number is 050013.


The TTF will be monitoring the coniferous plywood quota and updating members weekly on the balance via newsletters and this page.

The current Coniferous quota balance


There are still problems with the coniferous plywood quota information that is being displayed on the Government website. We have chased HMRC and they have stated they are investigating the matter and will advise as soon as they can.

How to monitor the UK Coniferous quota

A facility has been set up via the UK Trade Tariff to allow progress against the UK quota to be monitored. View the import section of the specific commodity code page related to the quota – 44 12 39 00 10.


Here is the direct link


Scroll down until you see the tariff quota section as below:

Click on the tariff quota Order No. 050013 and details appear in a pop-up box as below.

Definition and Declaration

Definition for commodity 4412390010

Plywood of coniferous species, without the addition of other substances, of a thickness greater than 18,5 mm when sanded, or of a thickness greater than 8,5 mm when the faces are not further prepared than the peeling process.

When you cannot make declarations

As stated above, members should not make declarations against the quota where other duty-free trade arrangements are already in place. Examples for declarations NOT to be included in the quota would be:

  • EU Coniferous Plywood
  • Chilean Coniferous Plywood
  • South African Coniferous Plywood
  • Canadian Coniferous Plywood