EUTR – Who are Operators and Traders?

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Roles and Responsibilities

If you are involved in the sourcing of timber, the regulations will describe you as either an Operator or Trader. To understand the responsibilities you face, you will first need to identify if you are an operator or trader. The regulation gives the definitions of these roles as:

Who are Operators?

“Any person or business who first places timber on the market. Operator’s must maintain records of any traders that you supply timber to and implement a due diligence system”

EU Timber Regulation Act 995/2010

Who are Traders?

“Any person or business who sells or buys timber or timber products that have already been placed on the EU market. As a trader you must maintain and keep records for at least five years of 1) those who supplied the timber product to you 2) those you have supplied the timber products to”

EU Timber Regulation Act 995/2010

Which one are you?

The regulation sets out obligations on operators and traders to comply with EUTR for timber sourced from both inside and outside of the EU:

Specific Obligations for Operators

  • Operators must not place illegally sourced timber on the market;
  • A due diligence system must be implemented and maintained, including robust procedures, controls and measures (article 6);
  • Regularly re-evaluate the implemented due diligence system as a demonstration of continual improvement and control over their responsibilities.

Specific Obligations for Traders

  • Traders must identify the operators or traders in their supply chain;
  • Obtain and retain the documented information for five years (minimum), ready to supply to competent authorities upon request.

“It prohibits the placing on the market of illegally harvested timber (i.e. timber harvested in contravention of the applicable legislation in the county of harvest) or timber products derived from such timber”

“It requires operators placing timber and timber products on the EU market for the first time to exercise ‘due diligence’, i.e. to undertake a risk management exercise to ensure that only legally harvested timber (timber harvested in accordance with the applicable legislation in the county of harvest) or timber products derived from such timber are placed on the EU market”

It requires traders of timber and timber products already placed on the EU market to keep records of their suppliers and customers (‘obligation of traceability’).

EU Timber Regulation Act 995/2010

Learn more about EUTR

If you would like to learn more about EUTR, we have a free training course that outlines the requirements of the EU Timber Regulations, defines roles and responsibilities, obligations and ways to manage the tasks.

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