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Six Asian Countries Take Steps to Regulate Imports of Illegal Timber Products

In the past 12 months, Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia have all taken steps to develop import regulations designed to keep illegally logged timber out of their markets. In most cases, timber import regulations give governments the power to penalize companies that trade in illegal timber. The new Asian regulations – when operational – will join the US, EU, and Australia which have similar legislation already in place, and together, have the potential to create …

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 …

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, …

China’s Logging Ban Impacts Not Just Its Own Forestry Industry, but Others around the World as Well

At first glance, Chinas newly announced plans to expand bans on logging in its natural forests and to cut the countrys overall timber harvesting quotas may sound like good news for the environment. But when Forest Trends looked into the ramifications of some of the policies laid out in Chinas new Five-Year Plan, heres what we found:

This month, the Government of China released its 13th Five-Year Plan, which lays the …

Cambodia’s Crackdown on Illegal Logging Leaves Room for Doubt

Editor’s note: This post was revised on March 3, 2016 to reflect a previous update.

Last month, Cambodia’s prime minister created a national committee charged with curbing illegal wood trade on the country’s eastern border with Vietnam, and the government and military conducted raids to seize illicit timber and investigate high-profile business leaders allegedly involved in the trade.

The Cambodian press was quick to describe the move as a “crackdown” and some environmentalists hailed it as a “good

CITES Species Protections Can Help Solve Illegal Rosewood Crisis

As the U.S., EU, and Australia implement laws prohibiting the import of illegal wood products, all eyes are on China to see if the world’s largest consumer and processor of timber will play its part. Until the Chinese government adopts binding regulation to stop inflows of illegal wood products (or a due diligence system that importers can easily follow), critics fear that Western countries’ move to embrace legality as the norm will simply move the illicit materials in larger numbers …