• What is Pro Tropenholz?  Pro Tropenholz is an association of long-established timber importers and distributors with similar concerns..

    What is Pro Tropenholz?

    Pro Tropenholz is an association of long-established timber importers and distributors with similar concerns..

  • Trade in Tropical Timber  A legitimate international timber trade does not lead to the destruction of the vital tropical forests.

    Trade in Tropical Timber

    A legitimate international timber trade does not lead to the destruction of the vital tropical forests.

  • Boycotting Tropical Timber  A boycott does not address the issue of saving the forests.

    Boycotting Tropical Timber

    A boycott does not address the issue of saving the forests.

  • Preservation of Tropical Timber  The economic use of this precious resource enables the protection of the entire eco-system.

    Preservation of Tropical Timber

    The economic use of this precious resource enables the protection of the entire eco-system.

  • Sustainable Use of Tropical Timber  Sustainable use and a sensible afforestation also benefit the people living in or near them.

    Sustainable Use of Tropical Timber

    Sustainable use and a sensible afforestation also benefit the people living in or near them.

How can one differentiate between legal and illegal Timber?

The everyday consumer is not able to tell the difference at a glance. However, every consumer can check the origin of the material from certificates and seals of authenticity.

Official seals, as for example those of the FSC or  PEFC, guarantee the sustainable management of the area by the exclusion of chemicals, adherence to social standards by the participants and maintaining the local infrastructure. The most familiar and also most important seal is the international eco-label of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC is an initiative of all major conservation organisations such as Greenpeace, BUND, WWF, Nabu, and signifies timber and fibre products from environmentally friendly, sustainable and certified forest management.

On the basis of the timber trade regulation introduced in March 2013 every timber import must be accompanied by a certificate of origin. A consumer should be able to discern the legality of the timber by checking the proof-of-origin documents.