Norbert Trading BV is the Outlet in Europe for Hardydeck Bolivia. In Europe legal wood is regulated thru EU regulation N° 995/2010 of 20 October 2010, EU regulation N° 607/2012 of 6 July 2012, EU regulation N° 363/2012 of 23 February 2012 and EU regulation N° 755/2016 of 12 February 2016. These regulations are also known as EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).
The EU Timber Regulation contains three central obligations for lumber operators (EU importers, like Norbert Trading BV):
- Prohibition on the marketing of illegally harvested timber or products made from such timber
- Applying a due diligence system to ensure that there is no illegally harvested timber is placed on the market; and
- Each and every lumber operator must obey to this system of due care requirements.
Due diligence system
Norbert Trading BV is a direct outlet from Hardydeck, so the EU Timber Regulation is easy to comply with. In fact, Hardydeck controls its own concessions, logging, milling, local transports and exports. Once in Europe the wood is from a single source: Hardydeck. Ideally, wood comes with a so called chain of custody (CoC). Simply put, a chain of custody enables the buyer of the lumber to trace it back all the way to its legal concession. Learn more about Hardydeck chain of custody.
A concession is a piece of forest which enjoys a legal approved ‘forest management plan’ (in Spanish plan general de manejo; PGM). In this piece of forest there are for example 10.000 trees in total of which only a small percentage is allowed to be felled. Selection of the trees allowed to be felled are based on specie (of each specie there must remain seedgiving trees; in Spanish ‘semilleros’) and only trees with a certain diameter are allowed to be cut. Trees with small diameters do not make any sense to be cut anyway to the lumber company. The result is that from these 10.000 trees the large majority is not being cut. Felling an old big tree is giving room (and especially light) to all the other trees. It is just like going to the hairdresser. Just like you are not destroying your hair at the hairdresser, logging with a forest management plan, a forest is kept healthy and fresh.