The tropical timber trade has gone global and exports of lumber and other products with higher added value have grown in producing countries. The profession has organised itself around these many changes, often with the support of the association, which is seen as an authority in terms of technical considerations and laws regulating the commercial uses of tropical timber.

ATIBT actively collaborates with countries, international organisations and research centres that are working towards the legality and sustainability of the sector. Today, it promotes the growth of a tropical timber industry that is sustainable, ethical and legal so that timber remains a natural resource that is renewable and essential for the socio-economic development of producer countries.