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Sawmills and round fencing manufacturers were also asked whether they held a Chain of Custody certificate.  72% of sawmills for which the certification status was known held a Chain of Custody certificate in 2018 (Table 2.29). This proportion varied with size of mill, from 39% for mills producing less than 5 thousand m3 sawnwood to 100% for those producing 25 thousand m3 sawnwood or more.  One half (50%) of round fencing manufacturers for which the certification status was known held a Chain of Custody certificate.

Table 2.29 Chain of custody certificates, 2018

  Mills holding certificate Mills without certificate Certification status not known Total1
Sawmills2 (size of mill3)    
<5 7 11 80 98
5 – <25 9 5 17 31
25+ 26 0 2 28
All sawmills 42 16 99 157
Round fencing manufacturers 8 8 32 48

Source: industry surveys


1. Includes non-respondents to survey in current year.

2. For large sawmills (those producing at least 25 thousand m3) that did not report whether or not they held a certificate or did not respond to the 2018 survey, the certification status was obtained from the FSC database, where possible.

3. Categories are based on total sawnwood production (softwood and hardwood), in thousand m3.


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