The EU timber regulation (EUTR) aims to prevent illegal timber from entering the EU market and requires companies to check the risk of illegal timber products in their supply chains. If companies fail to do this, EU countries must apply penalties which are “effective, proportionate and dissuasive”, according to the law.
This recent Swedish case shows that the EUTR can bite. The courts imposed a fine of approximately 79,500 euros on a company that had not complied with the EUTR, after they failed to assess the risk of illegality in its supply chain.
We believe this is the biggest fine that has been ordered under the EUTR since it came into force in 2013 and should become a benchmark for enforcement across Europe
|Published||March 6, 2018|