New EU deforestation rules to impact NZ wood processors

Friday 31 May 2024

New Zealand's wood processing sector is trying to work out how to meet incoming rules around deforestation for exports to Europe. The European Union (EU) passed deforestation regulations last year asking those sending product to prove that their supply chains are free of deforestation.

The EUDR (European Union Deforestation Regulation) was expected to affect products including cattle products, palm oil or wood products. New Zealand exported $100 million worth of wood products like wood chips to Europe last year - with more than half going to the Netherlands.

Wood Processors and Manufacturers' Association chief executive Mark Ross said there was some confusion around the new rules, tipped to be implemented in late December, and how they would play out. He said while the industry supported the idea, it needed more clarity.

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Source: RNZ

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