The professional association Le Commerce du Bois (LCB) was founded in 2000. It brings together the French companies specialized in timber and by-product distribution. LCB is the result of the merger of several federations, including the federations of tropical and American wood importers.
It gathers over 130 companies with several major professional groups: agents, importers, planed product manufacturers of imported timber, and merchants. The Expert Relais Bois network, which is the merchant section of LCB, includes 230 outlets throughout France, and was created in order to respond to the needs of the professional and non-professional customers who are increasingly looking for pertinent information and advice on a permanent basis. Being a member of Expert Relais Bois implies a commitment to providing the best answers possible to client requests on wood and by-products. Concerning importers, LCB regularly organizes Tropical Timber meetings which aim at promoting LCB members and tropical timber to specifiers and users. All the members of LCB have signed the Environmental Chart of responsible trade, based on two pillars: compliance with regulations and promotion of certified timber products.