Purchasing Firewood from the Forestry Commission

There are many reasons why you might want to buy wood such as timber or kiln dried ash logs. If you do want to, it makes sense to use the online auctions organised by the Forestry Commission. You can find out more about what they do and how you can go through the online buying process by reading the information below.

Forestry Commission’s Wood Harvesting Work

In an effort to reduce the country’s dependency on imported wood and provide low-carbon materials and energy, the Forestry Commission is harvesting wood in a sustainable way. This wood comes from England and Scotland’s public forests, and they use healthy timber harvesting and wood processing methods.

Each year, the Forestry Commission harvests around 1.2 million tonnes of wood from these forests, and it’s then sold on to buyers. This is where you come in because people like you are the ones that buy much of this wood and it’s all made possible via the Forestry Commission’s eSales system. It allows you to bid on wood, and you can learn how below.

Online Timber Sales Events

To find the details of sales, you need to look at the sales events listed on the Forestry Commission’s online portal for timber sales. If you’re signed up, you will be sent an email notification when sales events are listed. In this email, an access code will be contained. This allows you to access the auction quickly and easily.

After that, you can read about the details of the sales event and find out exactly what is being listed for sale. To do that, find the relevant event and click the View table. Once you’ve done that, you will see details of the event and have the opportunity to bid against it if you want to.

Registering Online

Before you do any of that, you will need to register. Doing so will allow you to bid later on. There’s a customer registration form that you will be presented with when you start the process of registering. It’s easy to fill out and shouldn’t take too long. Creating the account for your company only needs to be done once and you can then use it for all future sales.

This is how you get access to information about new sales events because only people who are signed up and registered through these official channels are notified via email of new sales events. Things like a name, address, industry, username and password will all be required. Additional users can also be added to the account if necessary.

Placing Bids for Wood

So when you’ve registered and you’ve found a sales event that’s of interest to you, you’ll want to place a bid for that wood. Each sales event listing will come with documents from the seller that you should read before bidding. When you’ve done that, click Continue to Stage Two. This is where you’ll find the purchase contract and other information about the lot.

You can select a volume limit on each section, such as standing sales or felled sales. And this will be considered by the seller after the event ends. You will also be able to enter a bid amount against the lot or lots you want to buy/ You’ll have the chance to enter comments and clarifications that the seller will read and consider before awarding the lots. When all that’s done, you just have to click Submit Response

The Seller’s Winner Selection and Notification

The seller will then have the chance to consider all of the bids that they’ve received and chosen a winner based on their considerations. There are many things aside from the price that they might take into account when choosing, but the size of each bid will obviously also matter a great deal.

When the seller has completed the winner selection process, the winner will be notified via email. It’s also the case that unsuccessful bidders are also notified by email, so you’ll receive email correspondence clarifying the result of the auction no matter what.

Failure to Meet the Reserve Price and Negotiations

Sometimes, the seller will have a reserve price and if none of the bids they receive meets that reserve price, they might choose to select what’s known as a Reserved Bidder. This person will be notified by email of their selection, as well as the fact that their bid did not meet the reserve price outlined by the seller.

This is when a negotiation process can begin. It’s basically about the seller and the buyer entering discussions to see if a price can be agreed for the lot. There is a negotiation page which is where all of this happens, and the updated price can be accepted or rejected by the buyer.

Viewing the Awarded Contract Post-Sale

If you win an auction and the seller selects you, you can return to the sale event page where you can see the details of the contract that you were awarded by the seller. All of your awarded lots will then be stored in one place ready for you to view at any time you like.

This all happens post-sale and you should see your purchased lots listed under the Stage Four: Awarded Lots tab pretty much immediately after the sale event and selection process being completed by the seller of the lot.

Getting Extra Help and Assistance

There are help and assistance services available on the platform, which can be important if you are new to buying wood lots online in this way. There are pages that are designed for help with both sites, the Forestry Commission’s Scottish page and the corresponding English one, depending on which you’re using.

Although buying wood via auction in this way is not difficult, you shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch with the support team if you’re unsure of anything. They’ll be able to clear things up for you pretty quickly and easily and answer any questions you have, so you shouldn’t have any problems at all.

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