Supply chain control - log tracking
Responsible timber industry can demonstrate that the produced timber originates from a legal source and has been produced applying good forest management practices. Wood tracking or log-tracking systems and technologies provide means to differentiate such timber from unspecified sources. When combined with forest management certification, these technologies can be used to verify that the wood in a product comes from a well-managed forest. Users of log-tracking systems include government agencies, forest companies, timber importers, certification bodies and inspection companies.
The wood tracking systems can bring substantial benefits to all those who are interested in improving the efficiency of logistical operations, enhancing quality control, safety, transparency and financial discipline within the wood supply chain. When properly implemented, the wood tracking system costs remain reasonable and can pay for themselves directly and indirectly.
Technological solutions for tracking wood over the supply chain vary from conventional paper-based techniques combined with simple timber labelling to modern electronic coding systems. Several of the currently used technologies rely on satellite tracking and/or mobile data transfer.
- Log tracking system design and implementation
- Revenue collection mechanisms
- Policy development and legal issues related to controlling timber movement