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Finger-pointing and disarray as Russia scrambles to prepare for EU Timber Regulation

BRUSSELS , Jan. 31, 2013 (PPI Europe) - 

Russian timber product manufacturers might face costly difficulties with exports to Europe once the new EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) prohibiting illegally harvested timber and timber products from being placed on the EU market comes into force on March 3. Inadequate national forestry legislation and the lack of information on the EUTR in Russia has made it more challenging for many local exporters to prepare for the new requirements, industry experts reckon.

The 2006 Forest Code abolished the old, imperfect system of illegal logging monitoring, but did not offer an adequate alternative system, experts said. They stressed that the country's forest legislation still lacks a comprehensive concept of what constitutes "illegal logging" and does not have a system to document legal timber products as they move through the supply chain.

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