Forest Industries Intelligence

The Timber Trade Snapshots provide a visual summary of timber supply into each EU Member State. Each Snapshot shows the value and quantity of EUTR-regulated timber products imported by the EU Member State. For each EU Member State data is provided on the proportion of forest products imports from partner countries according to levels of corruption, national income,  commitment to the FLEGT VPA process, and level of exposure to certified forests.

The Snapshots were part of a project to deliver statistical data in support of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). They were prepared by Forest Industries Intelligence Limited for the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP) with financial support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union. The baseline year for the Snapshots was 2012. More details are provided in the Snapshot Technical Notes and in the Annex on Programs Delivering Verified Products.

Links to Snapshots by EU Member State:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, LithuaniaLuxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Over the last 15 years, Forest Industries Intelligence Ltd has acquired wide ranging project experience in market analysis and the provision of strategic advice on market development, promotion, public affairs in the global forest products sector. Projects have included:

  • Between March 2004 and May 2016, Lead Consultant to the FLEGT Independent Market Monitor, a major EU-funded project hosted by the ITTO to monitor the market impact of FLEGT licensing procedures. Since April 2017, Chief Technical Consultant to the project.
  • Lead of author ITTO’s Technical Report 36 “Levelling the playing field” published in November 2010 which assessed the relative competitiveness of tropical wood products and provides much of the information necessary for tropical wood producers to build more effective market development strategies.
  • Preparation of a report in May 2013 for the UK Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) on "The import of composite wood products into the EU and implications for the EU Timber Regulation".
  • Preparation of a report in January 2013 for Forest Trends on "European Timber Trade Flows and Risks".
  • Independent Market Monitoring Methodology preparation – lead member of the EFECA team commissioned by the European Forestry Institute with EC funding to develop the methodology to assess the impact of the FLEGT VPA process on international timber trade and forestry investment flows.
  • Independent market analyst and technical advisor on environmental and other market access issues to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). Examples of reports produced by FII Ltd for AHEC include "Maximising carbon storage through sustainable forest management" and quarterly commentaries on the European market for American hardwoods.
  • Preparation of a comprehensive survey of efforts to promote use of wood in the EU region for the Japan Lumber Inspection and Research Association in November 2012
  • Preparation of regular reports between 2006 and 2010 on market demand and price premiums for verified legal and sustainable timber products in the United Kingdom and the EU for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Timber Trade Federation (TTF).
  • Preparation of market reports for the Ghana Forestry Commission.
  • Preparation of regular quarterly reports on the trade impacts of the EU Timber Regulation for the European Timber Trade Federation.
  • Advising the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) on the strategic implications of international wood trade flows and global timber markets for future development of forest certification.
  • European correspondent for the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) Market Information Service involving preparation of twice monthly reports.
  • Analysis of South American wood trade flows and trends for TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
  • An impact assessment on the EU-Malaysia FLEGT VPA undertaken for the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
  • Regular monitoring of the European wood products market for the Beijing Academy of Management.
  • Assessment of the implications of the EU Timber Regulation for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (July 2012) and for the wider U.S. wood industry for the American Forest and Paper Association (November 2012).
  • Between 1998 and 2009, long-term consultant to the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) assisting in international market development. 
  • Lead author to the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry Annual Market Review on Sawn Hardwoods. Formerly also the Lead Author on Forest Certification.
  • Between 1998 and 2005, Editor of Tropical Timbers/hardwoodmarkets.com, an independent trade journal providing news and statistics to hardwood traders and policy makers in over 30 countries including in Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australasia. 
  • Preparation of “An assessment of FSC against ISO norms for standards-setting, certification and accreditation, against the PEOLG (Pan-European) sustainable forestry guidelines, and against the UK government criteria for legal and sustainable timber” for the Confederation of European Forest Owners completed in 2007.
  • The development of a comparative database and matrix of forest certification schemes on behalf of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), and follow up reports comparing forest certification schemes.
  • Development of criteria and indicators of credible forest certification schemes for the International Forest Industry Roundtable, which provided the basis for the development of a Legitimacy Threshold Model by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
  • Joint author of the UK impact assessment of the EC’s proposal for a regulation laying down the obligations of operators that place timber and timber products on the market undertaken for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Preparation of a set of reports on African and South East Asian timber supplying countries and European hardwood markets for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as background material for a series of industry roadshows held in Africa and South East Asia during 2005 and 2006.
  • Preparation of a wide-ranging report on Environmental Timber Procurement Policies in the European Union for the AF&PA and supporting database of EU organisation policies in 2004.
  • Advising the Indonesian Plywood Manufacturers Association (APKINDO) and Indonesian government on future market development strategy at the Lemhannas Round Table Discussion in Jakarta in 2006.
  • Preparation of a Directory of National Forest Policies for the UK Timber Trade Federation Forests Forever Campaign between 1995 and 1998. This comprehensive analysis of forest regulatory systems in major timber supply countries, undertaken in support of the TTF Responsible Purchasing Policy, anticipated on-going efforts to develop national Controlled Wood and EUTR risk assessments by over 15 years.
  • Preparation of an environmental brochure and detailed review of international hardwood markets for planning purposes for a major international wood products company.

Forest Industries Intelligence Ltd is a UK-based consultancy specialising in forest industry market intelligence and trade analysis, marketing and promotion, international timber trade issues, forest policy and sustainability, and life cycle assessment.

The company is led by Rupert Oliver who has over 25 years’ experience working in the international timber trade and industry. He is regularly consulted by international and national agencies on timber market developments. He has written extensively on hardwood markets and forest management issues for a wide range of European trade and industry journals. 

Rupert Oliver is the European correspondent for the ITTO’s Market Information Service and Technical Consultant to the FLEGT Independent Market Monitor, a major EU-funded project hosted by ITTO. He is also the lead author on hardwoods for the Annual Market Review of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry.

Rupert Oliver is Sustainability Consultant to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), playing a lead role in the development of environmental marketing strategy for the US hardwood export industry. He contributed to the preparation of AHEC’s cradle-to-gate Life Cycle Assessment on American sawn hardwood and veneer delivered into export markets, the largest ever LCA study undertaken in the global hardwood industry. He has also played a lead role in AHEC’s pioneering work to demonstrate legal and sustainable harvesting in the small non-industrial forestry sector through third party peer-reviewed risk assessment.

Rupert Oliver worked with AHEC and Thinkstep, a leading global provider of sustainability services, to develop the American Hardwood Environmental Profile (AHEP) system to provide consignment and species specific environmental data at point of delivery on US hardwoods delivered into export markets.   

On-going work includes the preparation of a global timber trade flow database, including transparent algorithms for validation and procedures for free access, with the Global Timber Forum (GTF). FII Ltd is working alongside the facilitator to the GTF to put in place a framework for regular market survey work and statistical analysis in order to improve quality of market intelligence on the international timber trade and industry.

FII Ltd regularly contributes information on international forest products trade flows to support FLEGT-related projects undertaken by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), Forest Trends, and TRAFFIC.

To support on-going work with a range of international clients, FII Ltd has devised a statistical system to regularly clean and analyse forest products trade data derived from the Eurostat COMEXT database.

In addition to regular monitoring of market trends, a key aim is to assess the trade impact of policy measures such as the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA), EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), public and private sector green procurement policies, and forest certification systems like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). 

FII Ltd is working alongside the Global Timber Forum (GTF) to develop the Sustainable Timber Information Exchange (STIX) which will include a system to make the data freely available as a dynamic searchable database and to provide a range of innovative data visualisation tools. It is hoped that widespread direct access to reliable trade data will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of policy measures in pursuit of legal and sustainable trade.

A preliminary version of the on-line system is expected to be available by April 2018.

In the meantime, data derived from this system is available in the following reports prepared by FII Ltd for a range of clients:

EU Timber Trade Action Plan "Snapshots 2012" - The Timber Trade Snapshots show the value and quantity of EUTR-regulated timber products imported by individual EU Member States. For each EU Member State data is provided on the proportion of forest products imports from partner countries according to levels of corruption, national income,  commitment to the FLEGT VPA process, and level of exposure to certified forests. The Snapshots form part of a project to deliver statistical data in support of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). They have been prepared for the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP) with financial support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union.

ETTF quarterly statistics of EU28 imports - Regular quarterly statistics for the whole of the EU imports are prepared by FII Ltd for the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF).

ETTF 2011 Reports of EU Member State Timber Trade -  this series of in-depth statistical reports was released by the ETTF in its programme for monitoring the impact of the EUTR on trade flows. The reports were commissioned from FII Ltd with support from DFID and complement the ETTF quarterly trade statistics reports. The series of ten studies cover the state of trade and trade patterns in the EU overall, and all the individual ETTF member countries; Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. A key aim of the reports was to establish a baseline for assessment of market impact of the EUTR (enforced since March 2013).

ITTO Market Information Service - as European correspondent to the International Tropical Timber Organisation's Market Information Service (MIS), regular market commentary on Europe's tropical hardwood market drawing on FII Ltd's timber trade statistics and other sources are freely available from ITTO. The Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the MIS, is published in English every two weeks with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market. Access to the report requires pre-registeration at the ITTO website but no fee is charged.

Evaluation and scoping of EU timber importers from South America for TRAFFIC (2013) - This report prepared by FII Ltd for TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, contributes to monitoring the impact and effectiveness of European Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT)-related policy measures in South America.

Chatham House EU Furniture Products Trade 2013 - In March 2013, FII Ltd prepared a report for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) describing the current and likely future significance of a range of composite products in the EU wood import trade and the implications for implementation of the EUTR. The portion of that report focusing on furniture has been published. Trade data are provided for the period 2003–12. The relatively long timescale in advance of the entry into force of the EUTR on 3 March 2013 is intended to capture trends before, during and in the aftermath of the global financial crises, which have had a profound effect on EU wood trade. It also captures the period in which China and several other emerging economies have transformed global trading patterns.

 

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