Premier Forest Products
Premier Forest Products


1st August 2006

Sustainable Success for Premier
Newport based Premier Forest Products, one of the UK's leading timber importers and suppliers, has gained itself yet another prestigious accolade, and has become one of the first timber traders in Wales to achieve Chain of Custody certification.

Premier, which imports premium timber and timber products from around the world, has become an innovator and a leader within the timber trade in Wales, and has now added another notch to its belt by gaining this certification.

Under the Chain of Custody scheme, BM TRADA awards certification to companies that import timber from certified sustainable forests. Companies must undergo an assessment from an independent, qualified and accredited expert who verifies in writing that the wood flow from forest to business follows and meets the exacting requirements of the certification scheme.

Terry Edgell

Company director Terry Edgell, commented, "We are delighted at achieving FSC Chain of Custody certification, PEFC Chain of Custody certification, and BM TRADA Chain of Custody certification. Having held Chain of Custody for nearly three years, we felt it was time to upgrade and review our systems. We felt that market leaders Trada brought with them considerable experience and industry respect, and were suitably resourced enough to keep us fully informed and up to date with evolving certification issues."

Terry added, "Such an implementation of change first required the formation of an environmental team, made up of 6 members of staff (that included 2 directors). To strengthen the team we also appointed an environmental and chain of custody consultant to help us police internal issues and help us resource independently any topical issues of the day.

Under the teams recommendations, we pursued the new chain of custody certification and were delighted that all our employees embraced the issues involved enabling Premier to pass our initial audits without any corrective action requirements."

Alasdair McGregor, BM TRADA's product certification manager, said,? "Chain of Custody is becoming more and more a prerequisite for doing business in timber."By achieving this certification, Premier Forest has shown itself to be a strong advocate of sustainable forestry practice.'

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