SEMASA Indústria, Comércio e Exportação de Madeiras (SEMASA) underwent a Legal Harvest Verification (LHV) audit of their forest, sawmill and processing facility by the certification body SCS in August 2011. The certificate is currently being issued by SCS and demonstrates that products originating from SEMASA’s legally verified forest area and subsequent processing sites are considered legal against SCS’s LHV standard. This provides buyers of these products with assurances of legality and falls in line with the requirements demanded under the European Timber Regulation (EU TR).
SEMASA’s forest area in Uruará, Pará State, comprises approximately 11.000 ha supplying their sawmill facility in Uruará for primary processing before secondary processing in their factory in Belém. The company’s production capacity is approximately 18.000m3 per year of finished product that includes flooring and decking, principally from maçaranduba, cumaru, jatobá and ipê of which more than 50% is exported to the European market.
Following this success through the TTAP project, SEMASA is now looking to achieving FSC certification of its operations with TFT. This stepwise approach means that SEMASA is now able to meet the minimum requirements for legality demanded by various public and private purchasing policies, and once FSC certified, will also be able to comply with other more rigorous policies for sustainability.
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