The team at Green Apple Flooring spent many weeks reviewing their own ‘due diligence’ procedure
Battlesbridge, Essex (PRWEB UK) 11 March 2013
The legislation officially came into effect on 3rd March 2013 and requires all companies to document their trade processes to ensure no illegally harvested timber is distributed within the European Union. It will now be compulsory for all importers, manufacturers, suppliers and end retailers in the EU to put their own ‘due diligence’ system in place to identify suspicious timber if it should enter the supply chain.
Operators and traders will need to identify the origins of all wood products that pass their hands. They will be required to record a comprehensive description of the product and the full name and address of the original supplier (along with various other details depending on the role of the company).
The team at Green Apple Flooring spent many weeks reviewing their own ‘due diligence’ procedure and are happy to report that they have experienced minimal disruption to trading, regardless of the extra paperwork that now needs to be completed when orders are initially received.
“We were extremely well prepared for the introduction of the legislation and have been able to meet and often exceed all new requirements to date without fuss,” says a member of the Green Apple management team.
“We made the transition as simple as possible by carrying out a risk assessment, as advised by the EU when the laws originally came into force back in December 2010. Assessing our products and our suppliers in detail allowed us to determine whether or not the timber we handle is likely to be from an illegal source, and if so, outline the steps we can take to eliminate risk.”
Green Apple Flooring supplies an extensive range of laminate, solid wood and engineered oak wood floors to the UK. The company is proud to stock flooring and maintenance products from some of the best-known flooring brands in Europe, including Quickstep and Elka, at extremely competitive prices. Visit the company’s website for more information or call 0800 002 9525 to speak to a member of staff directly.