The new European Deforestation Regulation

In recent years, as part of the EU's "Green Deal," many regulations have been introduced that significantly impact the Trade & Customs Compliance landscape. You might still be dealing with the impact of the CBAM (Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism) regulation. However, the next legislation, the "European Deforestation Regulation (EUDR)," which comes into force at the end of 2024, is already on the horizon. This legislation specifically targets deforestation.

What does deforestation mean in this context?

This regulation aims to ensure that our products are produced "deforestation-free." This means that there is no net reduction of trees during the production process. For every tree cut down, at least one new tree must be planted. The exact definition of deforestation-free according to the regulation is as follows:

  1. The relevant goods contain, are fed with, or are manufactured using relevant commodities produced in areas where no deforestation has occurred after December 31, 2020; and
  2. In the case of relevant products containing or made with wood, the wood has been harvested in forests without causing forest degradation after December 31, 2020.

Which goods are currently affected by this regulation?

For the time being, the deforestation regulation is limited to the following goods:

  • Palm oil
  • Soy
  • Cocoa
  • Beef
  • Coffee
  • Rubber
  • Wood

The European Commission will use the next two years to assess the system and has already announced that it will consider bringing in more products to be covered by this legislation.

Stay informed

For more information about this regulation and how it might affect your business operations, you can reach us through the usual channels.
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21 Jun 2024 at 11:17 am
2 min
Published by:
Steven Sewberath Misser
Sr. Customs Specialist
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