Author Archives: Jade Saunders

Jade Saunders is a Senior Policy Analyst at Forest Trends. She has been an Associate Fellow of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House since 2002, working extensively on forest governance.


Timber Imports from Conflict Countries to EU Increasing

EU timber imports from conflict countries, which are at high risk of being illegal, have increased 14 percent, despite the European Union’s Timber Regulation (EUTR) legislation’s requirement that companies ensure that only legal timber enters the EU market, according to a new Forest Trends report.

The Forest Trends brief analyzes 2015 trade data reported by European governments (the most recent full trade data available). It finds that across the EU, import levels of timber from conflict countries differ significantly, but …

Dutch Court Ruling Helps Curb Illegal Timber Trade

An administrative court in the Netherlands last week ruled on an EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) case involving the import of timber from Cameroon.

The case is notable in that, for the first time, a European court has explicitly ruled that Operators in the EU must not only undertake meaningful Due Diligence but must also be able to supply documentary proof of compliance with the EUTR on request. The court concluded that it is not sufficient for Operators to rely solely …

What Does Brexit Mean for Illegal Logging and the Global Timber Trade? (Updated)

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Theresa May, today confirmed that the country will leave the European Single Market[1] in what has become known as a “Hard Brexit”. While the future shape of the UK’s relationship with the EU and other trade partners is still not entirely clear, the announcement rules out a number of possible scenarios. It also has implications for the UK’s position on forests and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), transposed into UK law …

Swedish Court Rules Myanmar “Green Book” Inadequate for EU Importers

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Swedish Administrative Courts last week ruled that a certificate issued by the Myanmar Forest Products Merchants’ Federation (MFPMF) did not provide adequate proof that a shipment of teak imported into Sweden had been legally harvested. The court’s verdict follows nearly a year of injunctions from Swedish authorities and an appeal by the company, which had imported the teak via a Singapore trader in violation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

The company in …

What Does Brexit Mean for Illegal Logging and the Global Timber Trade?

As the shockwaves from last week’s Brexit developments continue to reverberate around the world, we take a closer look at the implications for the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) – a key element of global efforts to stamp out trade in illegal timber and wood products – summarized in a new Forest Trends information brief.

The new brief discusses unresolved concerns across the world over the UK’s future role in the fight against the illegal wood trade. We’ll tackle a …

Survey Shows Progress on US, EU, and Australian Enforcement Actions against Illegal Logging – What Role Can China Play? (English / 中文)

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This month, Forest Trends released the results of the first survey of government agencies responsible for the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), US Lacey Act, and Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (ILPA). The survey quantifies the extent and nature of enforcement activity of these regulations, which aim to combat the global trade in illegal wood. The results of this survey demonstrate in quantitative terms that there is concerted effort on the part of the US, …

EU Timber Regulation Starts to Bite

Three years after the EU Timber Regulation was imposed, government officials this week took the first public actions to enforce the rules on the import of potentially illegal tropical timber.

Sweden and the Netherlands have formally notified two companies that imported wood products from Cameroon and Myanmar—allegedly without undertaking effective Due Diligence—that they may be subject to sanction.

These cases mark the start of what is likely to be an increase in actions taken by enforcement officials and an exponential …

For Lumber Liquidators, Lacey Penalties Go Far Beyond Fines

This month brought good news to advocates of forests and the legal trade in wood products. The announcement that Lumber Liquidators – the largest hardwood flooring retailer in the United States – and the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) reached a settlement related to violations of the Lacey Act is a major milestone. It marks the first time a major commercial operator has pleaded guilty to importing illegal wood products since the Act was amended to include timber species in …