To support on-going work with a range of international clients, FII Ltd has devised a statistical system to regularly clean and analyse forest products trade data derived from the Eurostat COMEXT database.

In addition to regular monitoring of market trends, a key aim is to assess the trade impact of policy measures such as the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA), EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), public and private sector green procurement policies, and forest certification systems like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). 

An on-line system is now being developed to make the data freely available as a dynamic searchable database. It will also provide a range of innovative data visualisation tools. It is hoped that widespread direct access to reliable trade data will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of policy measures in pursuit of legal and sustainable trade.

A preliminary version of the on-line system is expected to be available by April 2014.

In the meantime, data derived from this system is available in the following reports prepared by FII Ltd for a range of clients:

EU Timber Trade Action Plan "Snapshots 2012" - The Timber Trade Snapshots show the value and quantity of EUTR-regulated timber products imported by individual EU Member States. For each EU Member State data is provided on the proportion of forest products imports from partner countries according to levels of corruption, national income,  commitment to the FLEGT VPA process, and level of exposure to certified forests. The Snapshots form part of a project to deliver statistical data in support of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). They have been prepared for the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP) with financial support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union.

ETTF quarterly statistics of EU28 imports - Regular quarterly statistics for the whole of the EU imports are prepared by FII Ltd for the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF).

ETTF 2011 Reports of EU Member State Timber Trade -  this series of in-depth statistical reports was released by the ETTF in its programme for monitoring the impact of the EUTR on trade flows. The reports were commissioned from FII Ltd with support from DFID and complement the ETTF quarterly trade statistics reports. The series of ten studies cover the state of trade and trade patterns in the EU overall, and all the individual ETTF member countries; Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. A key aim of the reports was to establish a baseline for assessment of market impact of the EUTR (enforced since March 2013).

ITTO Market Information Service - as European correspondent to the International Tropical Timber Organisation's Market Information Service (MIS), regular market commentary on Europe's tropical hardwood market drawing on FII Ltd's timber trade statistics and other sources are freely available from ITTO. The Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the MIS, is published in English every two weeks with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market. Access to the report requires pre-registeration at the ITTO website but no fee is charged.

Evaluation and scoping of EU timber importers from South America for TRAFFIC (2013) - This report prepared by FII Ltd for TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, contributes to monitoring the impact and effectiveness of European Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT)-related policy measures in South America.

Chatham House EU Furniture Products Trade 2013 - In March 2013, FII Ltd prepared a report for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) describing the current and likely future significance of a range of composite products in the EU wood import trade and the implications for implementation of the EUTR. The portion of that report focusing on furniture has been published. Trade data are provided for the period 2003–12. The relatively long timescale in advance of the entry into force of the EUTR on 3 March 2013 is intended to capture trends before, during and in the aftermath of the global financial crises, which have had a profound effect on EU wood trade. It also captures the period in which China and several other emerging economies have transformed global trading patterns.

 

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