Who are we?

The Belgian Timber Importers Federation gathers together more than 40 wood importers and wood agents from all over Belgium.
In accordance with its articles of association, the aim of the Federation is the study, protection and development of the professional interests of its members.

For this purpose, the following tasks are undertaken by us:

  • Creating links of solidarity between individuals or companies carrying out activities in the European Union, as agents or importers of rough or semi-finished wood of all types and all origins;
  • Representing its member’s vis-à-vis the public authorities and private institutions with a view to defending their common interests;
  • Collecting all professional trade information to inform its members and fulfil consultative assignments requested by public bodies;
  • Organising meetings where the market situation and all related problems can be discussed.
  • Cooperating with phytosanitary authorities in Belgium and at European level.  
  • Cooperation with:
    • AHEC (American Hardwood Exporters Council)
    • ATIBT (Association Technique Internationale des Bois tropicaux)/IFIA( Interafrican Forest Industries Association)
    • CEI-BOIS (European Confederation of Woodworking Industries)
    • CITES ( Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora) Brussels and Geneva
    • European Commission
    • Branch federations in the various member states of the EU in the framework of the ETTF (European Timber Trade Federation)
    • the Wood Committee of the FAO in Geneva and the ITTO (International Tropical Timber Trade Organisation) in Yokohama and the International Softwood Conference.
    • any other organization of interest to the timber import trade
  • Consultation at political level and attempting to find a political consensus with environmental NGOs with regard to ecology of forests.

MEMBERSHIP CONDITIONS

In accordance with our articles of association, our members should:

  1. be registered in the trade register.
  2. provide all ethical guarantees and demonstrate professional abilities by having worked at least three years in the wood import trade, represented by the department or departments in which they wish to be registered. 
  3. not have taken part in the management of any company which has been subject to  bankruptcy.
  4. have deposited a membership fee.
  5. undertake to pay the fixed and other fees on a regular basis.
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