Shipment of teak and tamalan seized at port

Despite the efforts of the timber trade and government to stamp out illegal practices and eventually negotiate a VPA with the EU a shipment of around 500 tons of illegal teak and padauk/tamalan were recently seized in Yangon Port. The smugglers had tried to avoid the export restrictions and many believe that for the shipment […]

Chinese smugglers get life sentences

A total of 153 of 155 Chinese citizens who were involved in illegal timber extraction have been sentenced to life in prison by Myitkyina district court in Kachin State. Two children got 10-year sentences and a woman was sentenced to 15 years for drug smuggling. They were interrogated at the district court after being divided […]

Timber smugglers export US$ 17 mln worth of timber to China

Timber smugglers used illegal routes to export more than US$ 17 million worth of timber to China, Myanmar’s ministry of commerce revealed recently quoting official data released by the Chinese government. Official amounts of exported timber was just over US$ 30,000, but import data released officially by China’s Ruili and Wonton showed US$ 17.5 million […]