Environmental Agency Praises Danish Divestment from Burmese Teak

​​ RANGOON – An international environmental NGO, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), has said it welcomed the Danish authorities’ ruling banning Burmese teak from its markets. The decision was the second such move from Scandinavia, following a similar Swedish ruling last November. Danish authorities ruled on Monday, March 13 that injunctions be placed on all […]

14,000 Tonnes of Wood Set for Tender

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Myanmar Timber Enterprise plans to call an open tender for about 14,280 tonnes of wood and timber, the tender committee said yesterday. The committee said timber and wood from Yangon, Sagaing, Mandalay, Ayeyawady, Bago, Tanintharyi regions and Shan, Kachin, and Rakhine states will be sold. The auction will […]

Furniture Industry Tables Tax Breaks to Boost Exports

​​ Tax incentives and reformed timber laws could rescue Myanmar’s neglected furniture industry and help it become a regional powerhouse, say forestry industry sources. At a December 1 meeting with Vice President U Myint Swe, they called for government support in ending and reversing what they called a 25-year decline in furniture manufacturing. U Kyaw […]

Myanmar’s Logging Ban Feeds shadow Economy of Illegal Trade

For the duration of the ban, which runs into April 2017, any demand for wood is expected to be met through stockpiled wood controlled by the government’s logging entity Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). The ban is seen as a way to not only protect Myanmar’s forests but to save lives. In 2012 the UN ranked […]

Illegal Myanmar Teak Importation Widespread to EU, Investigation Finds

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released allegations Tuesday about what it says is the illegal importation of Burmese teak from Myanmar to the EU. In a two-month undercover investigation, staff from EIA, a UK-based campaigning organization, posed as prospective buyers and approached nine importers working in five EU countries. In a brief, the organization reports […]

Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

YANGON – Myanmar’s forests are rich. They are rich in variety, in natural resources, and in wildlife. But they are also rich in danger. “Myanmar’s forests are more in crisis than ever before,” said Faith Doherty, lead forest campaigner at the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency. “If you just look at what’s happened in the last […]

Government will not open forests to logging companies: MTE

Myanmar Timber Enterprise will carry out logging by itself and will not allow private companies to fell and take trees from Myanmar forests, Union Minister U Ohn Win told the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday. Works are underway to halt the extraction of teak and other hardwood and reduce the annual allowable cut (AAC), said the Union […]

Myanma Timber Enterprise Export Marketing & Milling Department Invitation for Open Tender on 22nd & 25th July 2016

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Myanma Timber Enterprise will sell teak & hardwood round logs and sawn timbers by open tenders in us dollars. Particulars of the open tender sales are as follows:   (a) Date & Time 22-7-2016) (12;00) Noon ,(25-7-2016) (13;00) Noon (b) Commodities & Volume ·       Teak Logs ( 151 […]

Report Calls for Logging Moratorium, End to State-Run MTE

RANGOON — International and Burmese environmental organizations this week said Burma’s forest reserves are largely exhausted, calling for a moratorium on commercial logging and the dismantling or privatization of the state-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). Those finding came in an analysis released on Wednesday in a report titled “Legally and Illegally Logged Out,” an EU-funded […]

Myanmar: Average prices of sawn timber at latest auctions

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Prices for sawn teak in the Open Tender held on 20 February averaged US$4500 per cubic ton for boards and ranged from US$1000 to US$2000 per cubic ton for Second Class teak scantlings. Third Class (the lowest grade) scantlings sold for between US$500 and US$1000 per cubic ton. […]