Industry leaders describe challenges to maintaining legal supply chains in Guangzhou

Forest industry leaders shared their thoughts on sourcing legal timber for their products during a timber legality training workshop in Guangzhou on 19 March.

The business participants said they face challenges managing their chain of custody, especially in proving the legality of the timber they source from other countries. They also said they must have more frequent discussions about timber legality issues with buyers and suppliers.

One participant representing a major European retailer that sources timber and wood furniture from China described his company's success with setting up a green purchasing policy.

Forty participants attended the workshop and learned about new international market requirements on timber legality, including the EU Timber RegulationAustralia's Illegal Logging Prohibition Act and the US Lacey Act amendment.

The China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association, Japan Federation of Wood Industry Associations, TRAFFIC, EU FLEGT Facility, World Wide Fund for Nature's Global Forest and Trade Network and Ikea Supply AG organised the training.