Tracing timber origin

Tracing timber origin

Forensic tools are needed to verify the geographic origin of timber. Why? Because we need to stop the illegal timber trade and promote sustainable forest management.

It is increasingly important for the timber industry to provide evidence on the origin of traded timber. International legislation such as the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) require documents and certificates on origin. These documents, however, cannot always be trusted. Timtrace provides tools to independently verify the origin of timber, based on the properties of the wood itself.

Since 2014 we have been developing and testing methods to verify the claimed origin of timber. We have mainly focused on tropical timbers, because of the high incidence of illegal trade there. But are increasingly expanding our efforts to timbers outside the tropics too.

It is our mission to provide both timber traders and law enforcement agencies with the tools to verify the paper trail showing they source timber legally and create transparency in their value chain.


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