Focusses on EUDR compliance as deadline nears

  • June 7, 2024

As the deadline is set for December 31 2024, Sri Lankan rubber exporters will have to adopt to strict EU guidelines to ensure continued EU market access for specified products including rubber and all rubber-based commodities. In order to ensure that products exported to the EU will have EUDR certificate, the implementation process should start now

Ch17 Digital proudly announces the development of an innovative program designed to ensure seamless EUDR compliance for exporters. This cutting-edge solution is tailored specifically for the rubber and rubber-based product industry, enabling exporters to effortlessly meet the stringent new EU regulations.

With CH17 Digital’s program, exporters can confidently navigate the compliance landscape, ensuring their products meet all requirements and continue to thrive in the EU market.

The new compliance regulations will come into effect on December 31 this year. Sri Lanka was notified of the requirement to produce a Certificate of Compliance as early as March last year.

Exporters risk having their shipments rejected if they fail to produce the necessary compliance report, as stipulated by the EUDR communication.

Under EU law, any final rubber-based product, in any form, must originate from legally cultivated areas in the country of origin. The EU discourages deforestation and illegal land clearance to promote sustainable and responsible sourcing practices. This covers plantation such as coffee, cocoa, rubber, cattle, wood, palm oil, soy and their derivatives, regardless of the EU or non-EU origins of the material.

According to Jumar Preena CEO of CH17 Digital, the company is committed towards empowering Sri Lanka’s rubber industry through multi-model digital transformation.

Early this year CH17 together with Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka (RRI) launched a pilot project to recognize and reward selected rubber tappers who have been redesignated as Rubber Tapping Assistants. The RRISL launched a campaign themed “Kirithuru Abhiman” where in recognition of passing the NVQ Level 5 examination nearly 100 of these Tapping Assistants received certificates after intensive assessment of their skills. This reward scheme was supported by CH17 Loyalty.

CH17 is also working on developing a program to monitor worker performance and output through an on-line assessment module. This module will cover quality of work, conformity to set standards in tapping, commitment and dedication etc. This will encourage workers to be more diligent in their work and upscale the standard of rubber tapping techniques.

Another feature will be to “mark” every single rubber tree and in put data with regards to their age, yield, plant health, fertilizer application record, any diseases etc. These data will be fed in to a main base for analysis and report. Towards this we will develop a QR sticker which the plantation companies will have to stick on the tree. This is a huge process, we got to start from scratch, Jumar added


We plan to implement rewards driven programs where CH17 partner vendors will accept the Kirithuru Abhiman Privilege card and offer upfront cash discounts, cash-rewards, points schemes which will benefit these workers and their families on a daily basis.

We plant to invite companies in the retail business to join this program and help the once strong industry to get back to its past glory. (END)