Voluntary Partnership Agreements

A Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is a legally binding trade agreement between the European Union and a timber-producing country outside the EU.
The purpose of a VPA is to en­sure that timber and timber products exported to the EU come from legal sources. The agreements also help timber-exporting countries stop illegal logging by improving regulation and governance of the forest sector.

VPA partner countries

Six countries have signed a VPA with the EU and are currently developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber. These countries are known as ‘VPA partner countries'.

Nine more countries are in negotiations with the EU. Another eleven countries in Africa, Asia and Central and South America have expressed an interest in VPAs.


Progress in Voluntary Partnership Agreements



More information: FLEGT briefing notes


What is legal timber? (CH EN FR NL TH)

A timber legality assurance system (CH EN FRNL TH)

Control of the supply chain (CH EN FR NL TH)

Legality assurance systems: requirements for verification (CH EN FR NL TH)

What is a VPA? (EN ES FR IND)

Guidelines for independent monitoring (EN FR NL TH)