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Switzerland: Stricter Rules for the Timber Business

In order to protect this renewable resource and prevent the trade of products from illegal logging, the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) was passed in the EU in 2010 already. No such provision has existed in Switzerland to date. This gap is now set to be filled after the Swiss Federal Council proposed the amendment of the Environmental Protection Act in December of 2018. The goal is to create a provision identical to the EUTR, reduce trade barriers for Swiss companies and enable the smooth exchange of goods within the EU.

The first draft of the legal revision was published on April 16, 2019. This affects both distributors of timber and timber products as well as the trade chain participants. Thus, only timber that has been legally harvested and traded in the country of origin may be distributed and traded in the future. The distributors are subject to a corresponding duty of care whose nature, content and scope can be defined by the Federal Council. Vendors are in turn required to ensure traceability and to document from which supplier they have purchased timber or timber products as well as their buyers.

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