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Comparison of illegal logging laws in the EU, the US, Australia and Japan

As major timber consuming markets, the EU, US, Australia, and most recently, Japan, have all introduced laws to restrict the access of illegally harvested timber to their markets. While the laws are essentially addressing the same issue, there are some important differences.

ClientEarth has developed a short comparison table with key information on the Japanese Clean Wood Act, EU Timber Regulation, US Lacey Act and Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act. This overview of the four import regulations may be particularly helpful for timber operators to better understand the different requirements of the laws in each jurisdiction.

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1 November 2017

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