The implementation of new EU environmental protection regulations accelerates the reshuffle of furniture export market
recently, the EU passed the "wood and wood products regulations and new environmental protection design directive", which will be enforced in March next year. Whether the introduction of the new directive means a new round of trade barriers is still difficult to determine, but it will certainly have an impact on furniture exports, which will ensure that the measured data are accurate and effective and make the industry reshuffle
it is understood that the new directive is the deepening and refinement of the EU timber and wood products regulation (EU) 995/2010, which was officially passed by the European Parliament and the European Council in October 2010. It requires that wood products imported into the EU market must obtain the certification of the Forest Management Commission (FSC), and is applicable to forest farm enterprises, forest products direct or indirect processing enterprises, forest products trading enterprises, etc
the implementation of the new order has greatly increased the cost of enterprises.
the implementation of the new regulations has a greater tendency to trade barriers. In order to comply with the new EU directive, relevant furniture manufacturers need to adjust some suppliers and reselect raw materials that meet the certification requirements, which will lead to increased costs and lower price advantages, resulting in shrinking business volume
at present, there are problems such as illegal logging in log and wood product suppliers, and most of the "illegal logs" are small and medium-sized enterprises. The introduction of the directive may make such enterprises abandon the European and American markets. "After all, small and medium-sized enterprises rely on low prices to attract customers. When the labor cost advantage is reduced, if the purchase order requires logs with 'ID cards', the competitive advantage will disappear." Liang, the person in charge of times Furniture Co., Ltd., analyzed that on the one hand, few raw materials have passed the FSC forest supply certification, and on the other hand, enterprises need to bear additional certification costs
she also believes that some furniture manufacturers in Shunde choose rubber wood in a large proportion, but some suppliers do not have FSC certification, "because rubber wood belongs to crops and does not belong to forests, these problems need to be gradually solved and improved"
in fact, it is difficult for 100% of the wood as raw material to reach the legitimacy or get the grounding certification of fsc5 and host 1. Globally, about 10% of the wood has been certified, while less than 1% of the wood in the Chinese market has been certified. In addition, the standards of this institution are not mutually recognized with those of other countries, which makes it more difficult to obtain legitimacy
high environmental protection requirements accelerate the industry reshuffle
"the implementation of the new regulations will inevitably lead to the industry reshuffle, which may cause many small and medium-sized wooden furniture export enterprises to lose some price sensitive customers, and even be forced to withdraw from the European market." Zuo Jianhua, chairman of Foshan Zhihao Furniture Co., Ltd., said
the implementation of the new regulations is both a challenge and an opportunity for Shunde furniture export enterprises. Many enterprises believe that the new regulations will help the industry reshuffle, raise the threshold and eliminate irregular enterprises, which will promote the standardization of furniture enterprises
"due to the previous high requirements for raw material procurement, we can now easily cope with the new order." Mr. Liao, the general manager of Shunde Baotian Furniture Co., Ltd., said that the company had complied with the requirements of some European and American customers as early as a few years ago and implemented the high environmental protection requirements. Most of the wood used came from qualified wood agents, and the imported New Zealand pine, rubber wood, beech, etc. all held legal certificates and could stand the inspection
at the same time, some enterprises with screw innovation consciousness also began to explore different ways, such as exploring new markets in the Middle East and Russia, establishing raw material supply groups or developing bamboo products. "Bamboo has strong regeneration ability, and it only takes a year or two to grow, unlike wood, which requires a growth cycle of decades". A person in charge of the upper and lower yield points of a furniture enterprise said that although bamboo products also need certification, it will become a trend in the future from the perspective of growth cycle and environmental protection