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Sitka – Spruce – 80mm


Längen: 6,15 – 8,30m

Eiche-Blockware Krummholz 105mm


Länge: 4,70 – 5,00m


…regarding Teak Import and the associated documentation


What is the EUTR?

The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) has been established on March 3rd, 2013. Part of it is the due diligence, which obligates all market participants, placing the timber on the European market for the first time, to bring clear proof of only trading timber coming out of legal sources. This is valid for all imports into the EU.

What’s special about teak?

We, Alfred Neumann Company, are only importing Burmese Teak due to its unique characteristics which are needed for the delivered market. Since Burmese Teak is exclusively growing in Myanmar (former: Burma), the country of origin is also not replaceable. Due to the political, as well as the economic situation in Myanmar, the EU implanted obligations which are exceeding the normal EU requirements. Therefore, we as importer do not only have to proof the legality of the whole chain of custody, from the forest to our warehouse in Hamburg, but also need to verify it by an independent third party. 

Which documents have to be potentially available for a legal import?

As normal for every import falling under the rules of the EUTR, the whole chain of custody has to be proven – reasonable and without any gap. For Imports from Myanmar, there has to be a verification of those documents by an independent third party additionally. Therefore, the whole documentation is a voluminous amount of paperwork. In the following, all the required documents for imports from Myanmar will be listed, as well as an example of the work of a third party verifier will be enclosed, in this case the company Double Helix. In case of further interest or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at any time! 


Procedure of third party verifier, DoubleHelix

Service process

All our new clients must go through a Risk Assessment process, at which stage DoubleHelix collects all available supply chain information, analyse and identify any risks of unknown timber in the supply chain. Ongoing verification of teak product is not possible if risks identified during the risk assessment stage cannot be mitigated.


Ongoing verification – from product to forest

Overseeing log inputs

At a minimum, DoubleHelix verifies that logs are traceable back to a sub-national level. In the case of Myanmar this is the Timber Extraction Agency level, or ‘forest area’. Log purchase and traceability information  is collected from each sawmill for every purchase. This forms the key information required for DoubleHelix to perform their regular on-site visits to each sawmill.

On-site visits

Visits are conducted at least once a year, with the frequency determined by the Risk Assessment – the higher the risk, the more often an on-site visit is required. Using the log purchase information that has been collected, two types of checks are conducted:

(i)           Log reconciliation

Log lots are randomly selected from those which were used to manufacture exported product, and a traceability check is performed to track these log lots back to the Timber Extraction Agency.

(ii)          Product backtrack

Containers of exported product are randomly selected and a traceability check is performed to track these containers back to log input.

(iii)         production assessment

Processing is assessed from input to stock controll to ensure systems are in place to connect output with log input, and that stock is segregated and sorted to a degree which allows easy traceability back to log input.

(iv)         legal opperation

All legal registration and certifications are checked for validity to ensure each mill is opperating within Myanmar law.




About DoubleHelix Traceability Dockets

The DoubleHelix Traceability Docket, which accompanies each verified shipment, is the key to accessing full traceability and legality information on each shipment.

The Docket indicates that a full set of traceability and legality information is available for that shipment. Using the  Docket number, a full Consignment Verification Report can be requested from DoubleHelix should a verified shipment come under investigation. This Report will show all traceability and legality documents and information collected for the associated verified shipment, demonstrating a link back to forest area.

These Dockets are issued at the point of export, when export documents for each shipment are sent to DoubleHelix for verification. A sample of production data, linking product to log input, is collected at this point. The relevant log purchase documents are submitted to DoubleHelix in advance. If the required log purchase documents, or any of the associated export documents, are not provided by this point, a Docket will not be issued.

DoubleHelix collects and verifies documents for every verified shipment to determine:

·         Legal harvest from an identified forest of origin

·         Legal transportation and trade of logs

·         Processing of logs into timber at legally operating sawmills

·         Legal export from the Port of Yangon






Log harvest, purchase, transport and production

Log sale contract


Commercial invoice


Delivery Order (DO)


Specification / Measuring / Packing (SMP) list


Production data (Forest Department outturn reports)


Removal passes (issued by MTE (Form AT-AU) or Forest Department)


Extraction department certified letter


Harvest sub-contract


Certificate of incorporation of harvest sub-contractor


Export documents

Certificate of Legality


Bill of Lading


Packing List




Certificate of origin


Phyto/Fumigation certificate


Export License



This is carried out for all verified material. This system has been implemented to continuously mitigate risk of timber from unknown origin entering the supply chain. A consignment verification report is available on request to support every shipment accompanied by a valid Traceability Docket.

Where a certified letter has been obtained, associated harvest records and Forest Management Plans are stored and accessible at Timber Extraction Agency offices and forest sites including;


·         Trucking slips from log landing site to upcountry depot

·         Form D MTE Log measurement book

·         Form S-18 (FD log measurement list).

·         Form C (Logging register)

·         Form B (Logging notebook)

·         Marking book, assigned standing tree numbers and compartment map

·         Forest department permissions to enter forest

·         Harvest permit (approval from FD)

·         Annual allowable cut and harvest planning book


 Due to the remote locations of these sites, DoubleHelix can conduct onsite forest level inspections on request from government authorities for specific log lots related to verified shipments.

 Requesting a Consignment Verification Report

To request for a Consignment Verification Report from DoubleHelix, please email to in the following format:

Docket number:
Name of buyer / importer:

Depending on the complexity of the supply chain, the Consignment Verification Report may take up to 3 weeks to compile. Please note that this service is made available for Competent Authorities only, for the purposes of shipment investigation.