“Chinese plywood manufacturing companies are adjusting to the EUTR by substituting face and back veneers in these species with FSC certified or OLB (Origine et Légalité du Bois) verified African sapele veneer, or FSC and PEFC certified Malaysian meranti”, the article states. Furthermore, other European importers are sourcing plywood faced with plantation-grown eucalyptus, which is easier to trace, or are exploring the use of European beech for face and back veneers.
Similarly, in the softwood market, European importers are turning away from Chinese plywood manufactured with Russian birch and spruce due to concerns about evidence of legality. Instead, birch and softwood plywood manufactured in the EU may be preferred or, the article argues, “it might also benefit elliotii pine plywood from plantations in southern Brazil, a significant proportion of which are certified and generally regarded as lower risk from a legality perspective”.
The full article is available from ITTO: http://www.itto.int/mis_detail/id=3361.