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Certifying Body issues new guidance to timber companies on identifying fake documents

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Earlier this month, the Certification Body NepCon released guidance for timber companies on how to identify fake documentation in their Due Diligence systems. It will also be running free training workshops on EUTR compliance in twelve EU countries over the next few weeks.

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Smuggler jailed for largest rosewood seizure in history

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

On March 30, businessman Mr. Wong Wee Keong and his company, Kong Hoo, were convicted in Singapore for smuggling nearly 30,000 Malagasy rosewood logs (approx. 3,235 tonnes) from Madagascar. The timber had been seized by Singaporean authorities in March 2014 and was estimated to be worth $50 million U.S. dollars.

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Denmark divests from Burmese teak

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The Danish authorities have reportedly prohibited all Danish companies from placing Myanmar teak on EU markets, after several companies buying the valuable Burmese timber species could not demonstrate EUTR compliance.

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New edition of Client Earth EUTR newsletter published

Monday, February 6th, 2017

The newsletter provides useful information on EUTR enforcement by Competent Authorities and the European Commission. It also provides details of sanctions imposed on companies and monitors similar legislation internationally. The newsletter will be available in French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

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Dutch company ordered to pay large fines under EUTR for importing illegal wood from Cameroon

Monday, February 6th, 2017

The Competent Authority for the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) in the Netherlands issued a fine to Fibois BV for importing illegal timber from Cameroon. In November 2016, Fibois was ordered to pay 1800 Euro (GBP 1549) per cubic metre of illegal wood imported. The sanction comes after repeated inspections found that the company did not meet due diligence requirements stipulated by the EUTR.

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New article critically examines the track record of the EUTR implementing authority in Germany

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food in Germany (BLE) is tasked with combatting illegal wood imports under the EUTR. However, a new Der Spiegel article argues that instead of rigorously monitoring the industry, officials adopt a much more cooperative approach. The highest penalty it has imposed till date is 500 Euros.

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Cameroon presents new Forest Exploitation Code

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Ministry of Forestry in Cameroon presented a 68-page forestry code in October, which will include a rule on geo-referencing of each tree prior to felling.

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EIA investigation exposes illegal timber imports from Myanmar

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

EIA identified a €174,750 shipment of teak imported in violation of the EU Timber Regulation, that is being used to construct a new superyacht.

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Interpol issues notice about illegal timber trading operations of four Brazilian companies

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The notice follows an investigation by Brazilian Federal Police, which revealed that four Brazilian timber companies were logging timber using fraudulent Forest Management Plans in Pará State. 80% of this timber was sold to companies in the EU and US.

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New log measuring app launched

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The app, Logsize, claims to be able to compute individual log diameter, average diameter and volume from just a photograph.

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