Friday, September 25, 2009

Export of Woods

For many years the media reported about experts' allegations that forest trees in Indonesia have been cut and sold illegally as logs to China and Malaysia, which then export them as finished wood products to the U.S.A, Japan, and E.U countries.

Due to this fact, the U.S has imposed the Lacey Act which stipulates that export products based on Wood from third countries now require proper certification.

This new regulation have received positive reactions from Wood and Wood Products exporting countries. Indonesia has introduced a new system of certifying forest management and wood products, and China agreed to cooperate with Indonesia to ensure that legal wood trading between them comply with rules on certification of origin under the US Lacey Act.

For details on the above media reports, please click here and here.

Considering the above, I felt happy that the U.S has issued a regulation which stipulates that trading of woods and wood products should be carried out legally, thereby forcing law enforcement agencies in Indonesia to make sure that illegal forest tree cutting and trading are banned.

Photo: Courtesy of Kabar Indonesia.

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