The EU will put an environmental protection "tightening spell" on Chinese furniture exports in March next year.

The EU recently officially passed the "Wood and Wood Products Regulations and New Environmental Design Directive", and plans to start enforcement on March 3 next year. Judging from the official interpretation of the European Union's release, the original intention of this directive is to further improve forestry operations and logging activities and prevent illegally harvested timber from entering the EU market. According to the requirements of this directive, all manufacturers on the timber production and processing chain that are exported to the EU in the future must obtain the FSC (Forest Certification) ID card, that is, the source of timber, country and forest, wood volume and weight, and logs must be submitted. Basic information such as the supplier's name and address, etc., which proves the legality of the timber source. It is reported that 100% of the wood to be used as raw material is legal or it is somewhat difficult to obtain FSC certification. Relevant person analysis, after the implementation of the new EU regulations, will inevitably lead to increased procurement costs, but also to bear additional certification costs, will have a greater impact on small and medium-sized wooden furniture export enterprises, and may even force related companies to withdraw from the European market. The United States and the European Union have always been major exporters of Chinese furniture. Data show that China's furniture exports to the United States and the European Union accounted for 53.9% of China's total furniture exports in 2010. "In terms of long-term development, raising standards is conducive to Chinese enterprises to enhance their strength and enhance their international competitiveness. However, according to EU standards, all timber must be submitted with appropriate legal information, and the implementation is too difficult. For example, The wooden tables are synthetic, some of them are from Africa, some are from the UK, and some are from the domestic second-hand market, so if the table wood meets EU standards and the table legs do not match, then the whole table is in the end. It is difficult to define if it does not meet the standards.” Tao Yiming, secretary general of the China Timber and Wood Products Circulation Association, said that the final identification right to prove the legality of these timbers is in the EU, which means that China’s own identification of the EU is not recognized, then In order to issue all the certificates that the EU recognizes, it will cost a lot of preparation costs, appraisal fees, etc., which will make the cost of the company rise sharply. Especially many small and medium enterprises. In fact, wood as a raw material on a global scale can guarantee 100% legality or FSC certification itself is more difficult. Currently, only about 10% of the world's certified wood is available, and less than 1% of the wood is certified in the Chinese market.

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