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Today 6.11.2013, the European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (EU STTC) is to be established in Amsterdam. This alliance has set itself the target of increasing the share of tropical timber from legal and sustainable forestry on the European market.

The European Union (EU) is the world's largest market and economic alliance, with harmonised and extensively uniform import regulations for all 27 member states.

EUTR is around the corner! It will come into effect on 3 March 2013.

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The BAU Munich trade fair, which took place from 14-19 January 2013, is the world's leading fair for architecture, materials and construction systems. 235.000 visitors made the journey to Munich, matching the record figures of 2011. In terms of visitors from outside Germany (half of them from Russia), the 60.000 mark was exceeded for the first time. 2.060 exhibitors from 41 countries displayed their products on 180.000 square meters of hall space.

During the first half of 2012, parquet sales increased in Germany and Austria by 3%, in Switzerland by 2%. The sales in Finland and Norway remained stable as compared to 2011. In other European countries, parquet sales diminished, in some cases drastically: France -5%, the Netherlands -12%, Italy and Spain -15%.

Venice hosts under the motto «Common Ground» the event that shows newest architecture concepts and trends for shaping public space. Numerous objects and installations are made of wood, such as the Japanese contribution «Fukushima» and the Serbian exhibit «Conference table». Wood is inspiring!

The proceeds of the German parquet producers increased in the first half-year by 7.9% to EUR 155 million. This increase is primarily due to the increased demand in housing and intense renovation activities. Retail was the most important sales channel for parquet in the first half of 2012: Sales rose by 11%.

To better understand the supply capacity of exporting countries and the structure and dynamism of Europe's import demand, Sabine Hahn-Fornet (SIPPO programme coordinatior) analyses trade and market access data in ITC's Market Analysis Tools.

In the EU, technical wood products worth 29 billion Euros were imported in 2010. The global trade of wood products has doubled during the last decade.

Whether for doors, windows or parquets, car ports, houses or bridges, wood is a material that embodies today’s values: natural, renewable, solid and elegant.

While European species (fir, spruce, beech, oak, and walnut) are favoured for building and joinery, tropical woods are sought for high-value niche products (exclusive panels & parquets, veneers).

New opportunities for technical wood are being generated by the increasing environmental awareness of the buyers. Renowned international certification labels add value to the products. From March 2013, only wood products of certified origin will enter the EU market. 

This creates opportunities for companies from the Balkan and Eastern Europe who are certified. Their proximity to the markets makes them even more competitive as international transport costs rise.

Also tropical wood has its place in the market of technical wood, although much smaller. Teak decking and coconut wood flooring have their segment in buyers’ portfolio.

The recovering construction industry and the booming Do-It-Yourself market are in demand of semi-finished wood products

To help make market entry costs and rules more transparent, the International Trade Centre (ITC), with financial support from the European Commission, the World Bank and ITC Trust Fund donors, has redeveloped the analysis tool Market Access Map, available online from June 30, 2012 at


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    Switzerland Global Enterprise
    Project Manager Technical Wood
    Stampfenbachstrasse 85
    8006 Zürich

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