Why Wood Traceability Matters

Why Wood Traceability Matters

December 9, 2021

Have you imagined knowing the original source of your wooden desk? Maybe the wood was imported legally from an Indonesian forest or from an illegal logging site somewhere. The method of tracing wood products into its original source is known as wood traceability.

Traceability is the ability to track finished wood products to its original source. Wood traceability is possible albeit hard, this is because a finished wood product may comprise several woods from different forests.

Traceability is especially important for manufacturers because of various reasons.

1. Wood traceability prevents illegal logging

Illegal logging is a very destructive activity for forests and the logging industry itself. Illegal logging can cause deforestation, damaging forest and everything living in it.

Wood traceability prevents the continuation of illegal logging. Utilizing traceability, a timber company has to prove their products’ legality unless they want to go against the law.

In this way, wood traceability indirectly takes part in preserving forest for the future.

2. Wood traceability protects against fraud

A wood manufacturer may say that their product is the best product from the sustainable, local forest. How do you know that their claim is true?

To ensure you get what you wish for, the wood’s source and condition has to be established clearly. Wood traceability can verify the claims given by manufacturers about their wood by tracing the wood to its original location using a database to verify the information.

3. Wood traceability keeps quality product managed

Wood product manufacturers want to keep the best qualities. Therefore, traceability is very important for manufacturers.

Wood harvested from a forest can have different age, species, moisture, and living conditions. Traceability ensures that you have the correct wood to create your products, therefore assuring quality.

4. Wood traceability increases production efficiency

In wood product manufacturing, many factors have to be considered, ranging from the wood type, age, to its moisture level. By utilizing traceability, such data can be analyzed and utilized at a quick rate.

Wood traceability is easier if the forest has been certified. Kayu Lapis Indonesia’s timber comes from certified forest, therefore easier to trace. Kayu Lapis Indonesia tries its best to maintain quality and satisfy customers.