​Vietnam strengthens its wood industry with FSC Certification

Vietnam holds a significant position as a global exporter of wood and wood products. To maintain its position, Vietnam is protecting its reputation with the notable certification such as the FSC certification. Vietnam has seen a notable rise in the FSC-certified forested as buyers are now highly concerned about the legality of wood sources. It is to be noted that the export revenue from FSC-certified wood and wood products for the initial 11 months of 2023 has achieved USD 226.85 million, as reported by the General Department of Customs.

As highlighted at the COP 26 conference, the wood industry of Vietnam is trying its best to cultivate legal and sustainable raw materials. This in turn also aims to fulfil the initiative for the Net Zero objective by 2050. Apart from the demands of significant export markets, the the emphasis on utilizing legal wood, particularly FSC-certified wood, signifies the sustainable and enduring developmental path for Vietnam’s wood industry.

Ms. Vu Thi Que Anh, representing FSC in Vietnam, underscores the importance for businesses to enhance their capabilities and stay abreast of FSC’s latest standards, guidelines, and market trends. This ensures a cost-effective source of raw materials and a secure supply chain with traceability. this is also crucial for meeting the stringent requirements of major export markets like the EU, North America, and Japan, where growing demands for wood traceability are evident in initiatives such as EUDR and FSC certification.

Meeting the rising demand for certified wood products, Ms. Que Anh highlights the necessity for increased engagement from the government, relevant ministries, and local authorities. This is especially crucial for export businesses to strike a balance between processing capabilities and the planted forest material region.

The FSC certification served to a authenticate the source of wood, guaranteeing lawful harvesting procedures and environmentally compliant production. Forest managers or producers of forest-based products adhere to these standards to ensure sustainable development and a harmonious balance between environmental conservation (forests) and the social benefits of all stakeholders.