Updating members of countries becoming at risk: Ukraine

Updating members of countries becoming at risk: Ukraine

ARTICLE · By Timber Trade Federation · 19 February 2021

On December 9, 2020, the EU Commission issued a joint-enforcement position on Ukraine with the following conclusion: Conclusions of the Competent Authorities for the implementation of the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) on the application of Articles 4(2) and 6 of the EUTR to timber imports from Ukraine stating that Sourcing timber and wood-based products from Ukraine is connected with high risk of sourcing products being in breach with applicable legislation in the country.

The final conclusions states: 

  1. Sourcing timber and wood-based products from Ukraine is connected with high risk of sourcing products being in breach of applicable legislation in the country.
  2. Neither official documents including certificates of origin nor electronic timber tracking system relying on them will alone be sufficient to minimise risk of sourcing timber in contravention of the applicable legislation in Ukraine. Nor may FSC or other private third party verification schemes stand alone as risk mitigation measures to be able to reach negligible risk.
  3. All actual risks need to be identified and addressed adequately to mitigate the risk of illegality to a negligible level.

The report listed 13 risk areas that need to be taken into account during due diligence and recommended 8 possible mitigation measures, read full report here [LINK]

TTF would like to remind members to be aware of these risks and avoid importing from Ukraine unless robust mitigation measures have been proved to be in place and all identified risks are addressed successfully

Risk of unknown mixing with timber originated from Ukraine, where applicable, should also be examined to ensure such risks remain low.

Latest media reports on illegal logging and associated trade in Ukraine (involving FSC and IKEA):

Channel 4 news:  https://www.channel4.com/news/from-chainsaw-to-chair-ikeas-illegally-sourced-furniture

Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/23/timber-unsustainable-logging-allegedly-sold-eu-ethical

Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/ikea-supplychain-ukraine-wood-idUKL8N2E053U

Any questions or to discuss Due Diligence options on Ukraine, please contact TTF at ttf@ttf.co.uk

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