Authorities found the plywood from Jiangsu High Hope Arser to be non-compliant with the EUTR, which requires the implementation of a due diligence system to show no non-negligible risk of illegal timber for the majority of timber based products being placed into the EU market. It remains to be seen if authorities in other EU nations will make similar enforcement measures. The exporter has many clients across the region.
The EUTR was implemented in 2013 and while enforcement remains inconsistent, sanctions have increased in recent years with businesses expected to have fully operational due diligence processes by now. The EU commission has recently launched a ‘Fitness Test‘ of the regulation, calling for feedback from all those involved with the industry on how to improve the implementation of the regulation. You can find out how to respond here.