Sustainable forest management

Most European printers use chain of custody certification, like FSC and PEFC, to provide assurance to their customers that wood-based products originate from sustainably managed forests. In 2013 the EU Timber Regulation , ensured that all timber products placed on the European market – including paper purchased by European printers - do not come from illegal logging.

Placing illegally harvested timber products on the EU market is now prohibited by law. Although printed products are excluded from the scope of the regulation, European printers provide de-facto their customers with printed products protected from illegal logging as they are only able to purchase compliant paper.

On the other hand, imported printed products entering the European market fall outside the scope of the regulation and do not have to justify that they originate from legally harvested timber products.

Intergraf published an explanatory note on the timber regulation which is available to download below.

Explanatory note for printers

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