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July 1, 2019

Dutch and Belgian importers’ views on FLEGT

Dutch and Belgian importers’ views on FLEGT

Although the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) has narrowed the supply base for tropical timber imported into the EU, traders in Belgium and the Netherlands strongly support the FLEGT regulatory approach – combining licensing with EUTR – as a platform to help rebuild confidence in tropical timber in the EU market.

FLEGT licensing is helping importers to comply with EUTR, while the forest sector reforms and new procedures implemented during the FLEGT VPA process form part of a positive narrative that now needs to be communicated more widely to buyers and procurement officials in the EU.

These were key messages of the latest European trade consultation, which targeted Belgian and Dutch traders, hosted by the

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