Certifying of identification of timber, as well as grading of timber can be done through Singapore Timber Association. Timber can be graded for its strength and stiffness, and categorized into different strength classes. This ensures that timber that is unsuitable due to low strength, twist, warp or springs are not used structurally.
The ultimate use of timber should determine the kind, grade and dimensions and that the dealings in timber as in any other commodity is a matter of arrangement between buyer and seller.
For Wood being a natural product and regardless of how careful the log is sawn, it will have little and will not be entirely free from defect. Nevertheless, the timber grading rules provide a set of guidelines laid to enable users better understand the allowable defects on the kind of timber they acquired.
Singapore Timber Association has a panel of certified and registered timber graders who will be able to provide professional timber grading service to the public.
Singapore Timber Association is pleased to advise mediation on any timber related disputes. In the 1990’s, Singapore Timber Association, formerly known as Singapore Timber Manufacturers’ Association together with the then, Singapore Trade Development Board came up with the Singapore Timber Trade Procedure (STTP).
A panel of timber experts were appointed by disputing parties involved in a timber trade dispute to:
- a) Conduct an objective survey of the timber concerned,
- b) Facilitate conciliation between disputing parties, and
- c) Write and submit survey reports to the tribunal in arbitration if no settlement is reached upon the survey.
Any remunerations in respect of the appointments of the Timber Expert will be borne by the disputing parties.
Seminars And Course Arrangement
Please stay tuned for the courses and seminars that will be organised by STA. The courses and seminars will be mainly of relevance to the timber industry (I.e. identification of timber species). All courses and seminars will be held in group sessions and commencement will be based on minimum number of sign-ups which is determined by STA prior to it.
Fees payable for the courses conducted will be borne by the attendees.