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Travis Perkins bans timber from Russia and Belarus due to war in Ukraine


Travis Perkins will no longer buy ‘conflict timber’ from Russia and Belarus because of the war in Ukraine

Builders’ merchant Travis Perkins will no longer buy ‘conflict timber’ from Russia and Belarus because of the war in Ukraine. 

French manufacturer Saint-Gobain has taken the same approach since the invasion by Russian president Vladimir Putin. 

Leading forest certification organisations ruled last month that all products originating in Russia and Belarus would be considered ‘conflict timber’. 

Ban: Leading forest certification organisations ruled last month that all products originating in Russia and Belarus would be considered ‘conflict timber’

A spokesman for Travis Perkins, which owns the retailer Toolstation, said: ‘We work with our suppliers to make sure the timber we purchase comes from certified Forest Stewardship Council or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification sources, and we have ensured that we have made no purchases of anything designated as conflict timber.’ 

The disrupted flow of supply is likely to push prices up, the trade body Timber Development UK said. 

It also warned that it would take time for existing ‘pre-conflict’ timber to ‘flush through the system’.

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