In 2005, the Belgian government introduced a public procurement policy for sustainable timber and timber products (with the exception of paper) (Brack, 2014). As an EU Member State, Belgium is required to implement the EU Timber Regulation, which came into force in March 2013.
Just over 20% of Belgium’s land area is forested. Nearly 60% of this area is plantations. Forest cover has remained at the same level over the period 1990 to 2015 (FAO, 2015). Belgium is a net importer of wood products. In 2011 domestic production of logs was just under 3 million cubic metres, and imports of timber products were over 13 million cubic metres (round wood equivalent). Around 70% of these products were imported from within the EU (ETTF, 2013).