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.
The conviction and subsequent pardon of 155 Chinese nationals in July for illegal logging in Myanmar threw a spotlight on how massive volumes of timber stolen from the county’s precious frontier forests have been flowing unhindered into China for decades.
This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address
illegal logging, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), from November 2018 to January 2019 . As with
all of our previous editions, this issue will include information on what both the European