Frequently asked questions

Please click on the question marks in the reporting form for explanations of the terminology. All terminology used in the portal is also listed below.

General

What is the purpose of the Timber Monitoring Survey?

The goal is to support sustainable forest management by promoting responsible sourcing by members of timber trade federations. The portal enables companies and federations to have a better overview of sourcing patterns. This is essential for identifying market developments and targeting interventions to promote responsible sourcing.

How do I deal with products with double certifications?

If a product has been certified for multiple certification schemes, enter only one certification scheme in this reporting form (the choice is up to you) or split the volume over multiple certification schemes. In the case of FLEGT and an additional certification scheme, the country of forest origin or country of processing will identify whether it is sourced with a FLEGT license or not. In this case, fill out the certification scheme and not FLEGT.

Am I an importer?

Your company is considered an importer if it buys (a share of its) timber products on a foreign market (including other EU countries).

Am I a domestic purchaser?

Your company is considered a domestic purchaser if all timber products are bought on the national market.

Do I have to report only timber that is put on the domestic market?

No, all wood sourcing should be accounted, also that what is being exported.

Do I have to report only on the timber that comes from outside the EU?

No, all wood imports should be accounted, this includes timber that originates from countries within the EU, including information on country of forest origin.

I buy products with mixed tropical and non-tropical species (e.g. plywood). Should I check the box "tropical wood" or "non-tropical wood"?

In most cases, the corresponding HS-(customs) code already mentions if the product should be viewed as tropical or not. E.g. plywood with a tropical facing and poplar (temperate hardwood) core, is ranked as tropical plywood. After you filled out the amount and country of processing, you can give a best expert estimate of what % was sourced from which country. In this case, it could e.g. be 4% (Okoumé) from Gabon and 96% (poplar) from China.

What is the security system of the portal? Is the data encrypted?

All software is running up-to-date versions and is updated with new feature-releases. Security patches are installed with highest priority. Backups run daily and are synced and encrypted and transported via secured connections. Of course, users should choose strong passwords.

What is the definition / HS code of each product group?

Sawn timber

Wood sawn or chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled, whether or not planed, sanded or end-jointed, of a thickness exceeding 6 mm


HS codes: 44071, 44072, 44079 ex. 44079131

Particle boards

Particle board, oriented strand board (OSB) and similar board (including waferboard) of wood


HS codes: 4410 ex 441090

OSB

Oriented strand board (OSB)


HS codes: 441012

Fibre boards

Fibreboard of wood or other ligneous materials


HS codes: 4411

Veneer

Veneer sheets


HS codes: 4408

Plywood

Plywood, veneered panels and similar laminated wood


HS codes: 4412 ex. 441231 and 44121000

Decking


HS codes: 4409 ex. 44092991 and 44092100 (bamboo)

Other mouldings

Continuously shaped or profiled wood, often as strips and friezes


HS codes: 4409 ex. 44092991 and 44092100 (bamboo)

Doors & accessoiries

Doors and their frames and thresholds


HS codes: 44182

Windows

Windows, French-windows and their frames


HS codes: 44181

Shuttering

Shuttering for concrete constructional work (excluding plywood sheets)


HS codes: 44184

Shingles & shakes

Shingels and Shakes


HS codes: 44185

Posts & beams

Posts and Beams


HS codes: 44186

Flooring

Assembled flooring panels


HS codes: 44187, 44079131 and 44092991 ex 4418 73

Other joinery

Other Builders' joinery and carpentry of wood


HS codes: 44189 ex 44189910

Sawlogs

Wood in its natural state as felled, with or without bark. It may be round, split, roughly squared or in other forms. Not sawn in planks or chopped for fuelwood


HS codes: 4403

Poles

Roundwood for fencing and wood piling


HS codes: 4403

Engineered wood products

Including glulam timber/beams, I-beams (also called I-joists LVL and CLT. A range of wood products which are manufactured by binding or fixing components of wood together with adhesives or other methods of fixation (Mostly finger jointing and glueing)


HS codes: 44189910 and possible other codes

Others

Product groups that are not mentioned here.