Jewson & International Timber: statement on the sale of timber decking made from Ipe (Brazilian Walnut)
Jewson, and associated brand International Timber, have issued
the following joint statement refuting recent allegations of
selling illegal Brazilian Timber:
"In common with many UK builders and timber merchants, a number
of Jewson branches offer timber decking manufactured from Ipe, a
species of timber from Brazil also known as Brazilian Walnut.
Ipe is a popular choice with UK specifiers for decking, as it is
does not require any weatherproofing or pesticidal treatment to
withstand external weather conditions. This has led to architects
and other specifiers choosing the timber for many prestigious
projects worldwide including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the
National Library in Paris and even the Presidential Palace in
Jewson sources all tropical hardwood species through
International Timber, an associated brand with expertise in timber
importing and distribution. As such, International Timber has
expertise and professionals committed to sourcing timber legally
and responsibly and ensuring full and absolute compliance with the
Ipe currently stocked by Jewson, and purchased during 2013 and
2014, is sourced from two companies, Robinson Lumber, based in New
Orleans USA, who have been dealing in lumber since 1983 and Vogel
Import Export based in Antwerp, who specialise in the import of
South American timbers..
International Timber demands that these suppliers provide the
necessary documentation to ensure the legality and traceability of
the timber. This includes the names of the original exporters
in Brazil, in this case Solimad Madeiras and Condor Florestas
Industrial Madeiras Ltda, who have to obtain the export licence
(DOF-GF3) from IBAMA, the Brazilian environmental ministry.
In addition the supplier is also expected to provide details of
the specific concession and region in Brazil for each shipment.
This level of detailed information ensures that International
Timber and Jewson comply with UK and EU legislation for the import
of timber, the Timber and Timber Products (Placing on the Market)
The Regulations are the UK's implementation of the EU Timber Regulation (EU NO 995/2010, known as
the EUTR) which came into force on 3 March 2013.
The EUTR counters the trade in illegally harvested timber and
timber products by imposing three key obligations. First, placing
illegally harvested timber and products derived from such timber on
the EU market for the first time, is prohibited. Second, EU
operators - those who place timber products on the EU market for
the first time - are required to exercise 'due diligence'. Third,
traders - those who buy or sell timber and timber products already
on the market - are required to keep information about their
suppliers and customers to make timber easily traceable.
Both Jewson and International Timber primarily act as 'traders'
in this context and keep detailed records about the sources of all
As well as complying with EUTR and the new UK regulation, Jewson
and International Timber also complies with the UK Government's
Timber Procurement Policy, which additionally requires that only
timber and wood-derived products originating from an independently
verifiable Legal and Sustainable source will be purchased for use
on the government estate.
Jewson and International Timber are fully aware of their duties
and responsibilities in ensuring the timber they purchase derives
from legal and sustainable sources, with traceability and
supporting documentation throughout the supply chain - this is of
Jewson and International Timber are fully committed to engaging
in open dialogue with organisations and individuals about this
important issue and will continue to take an honest and
collaborative approach to open dialogue."
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