About Us

ETTF- The Organization

The highest authority of the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) is the General Assembly at which member federations are represented. The Assembly meets at least twice a year, and in order to serve the specific interests of the industry. Sectors, members are organized in sections, according to their trade or industry; softwood, hardwood or plywood. These different sections also measure, whenever there is a particular need.

The ETTF is also jointly responsible, with the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS), for organizing and convening the annual International Softwood Conference (ISC) and the International Hardwood Conference (IHC). These are held in a different European location each time, hosted by a national member or member of ETTF or EOS. The 2015 IHC took place in Copenhagen and was hosted by the Danish Timber Trade Federation, while the ISC was the hero in Amsterdam, hosted by the Netherlands Timber Trade Federation. The next ISC will take place in Paris in 2016, while the venue for the IHC will be announced shortly. Reports can be found on the ETTF website.  

A united voice for the industry

The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) represents the product importers' interests across Europe, as well as non-importing merchants, distributors and traders. The ETTF operates on a united base, representing and lobbying on behalf of the entire industry to national and EU. authorities and key decision makers in the market place. 

In total the ETTF today has 15 member federations.

Associate Members

The ETTF also offers Associate Membership. Current Associate Members are the European Federation of Parquet Importers (EFPI), which represent timber floor importers across Europe, the International Tropical Timber Techincal Association / Association Technique International des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) and the individual companies HF Blom of Norway, Karnsund Wood Link of Sweden and Robelbois Group Morocco.

The ETTF Board

The members of the European Timber Trade Federation are elected by the General Assembly. Current Members of the Board are: Chairman and Softwood Section Chairman Andreas von Möller; Hardwood Section Chairman Armand Stockmans; Plywood Section Chairman Raul Dedonder; Hardwood Section Chairman Ad Wesselink; Palle Thomsen; Géraud Spire; Franz-Josef Kall; and Secretary General André de Boer.

The ETTF was formed at a members 'meeting of the UE Union (UCBD Hardwood Trade Association), the Union for the import of panneaux and bois (UCBR Wood Panels Importers' Association) and Union. pour le commerce des bois résineux dans l'U. E . (UCIP Softwood Trade Association), which is the subject of the simultaneous termination of theses associations.

Click here for the ETTF concept regulations .