As everyone knows, the main reason is access to both new and traditional markets. Increasingly, printers are publicly committed to providing their customers with "certified paper.” To this end, their suppliers must provide assurance that their products are certified – namely, in the form of a chain of custody (CoC) certificate. This means that the vendor’s products have been manufactured from timber sourced from "well managed forests" as certified by the CSA, FSC, SFI or PEFC.

Another reason is that under QFIC rules, regular members must hold, a forest certification or have a chain of custody in place for their products by no later than April 1, 2013.


Finally, holding a CoC certificate could help your company to optimize the value of your products based on the source of the raw material. In point of fact, your plants are often supplied by forestry companies that hold a key certification in sustainable forest management (CSA, FSC, SFI or PEFC). But to sell your products at their fair market value and attest that they come from these forests, you need a CoC certificate enabling you to identify products or lots in order to inform consumers or clients.

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