Legality of Chinese timber imports and exports discussed in manufacturing cities in China

TRAFFIC International has held a series of workshops in plywood and flooring manufacturing centres in China to inform industry leaders about legality verification, sustainable forest management and responsible purchasing systems. 

At the first workshop, held on 15 October in Nanxun, a wood-flooring production centre, participants from local timber industry associations and flooring companies heard about the new timber legality requirements in Australia, the EU and the US. The industry imports timber from many timber producing countries and the finished products reach consumers in these three markets. 

One participant voiced his concerns about difficulties verifying the authenticity of legality documents provided by his suppliers, and asked about the role of certification in these initiatives. Another participant called for quick, simple and low-cost solutions so that businesses can address the requirements of the export markets. 

Several participants said that the information provided during the workshop was useful for their business operations and asked to keep receiving up-to-date and credible information about the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act, the EU Timber Regulation and US Lacey Act.

TRAFFIC held a similar event in Pizhou, China's biggest manufacturing centre for export-quality plywood, on 17 October. The workshop was attended by local business representatives and the municipal government. Government officials said they would be using the information provided during the workshop to plan infrastructure upgrades for the plywood industry during the next five years.