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EU to Consider Burmese Timber Trade Agreement

18 February 2013

EU officials will visit Burma in March to inspect timber production and to discuss an agreement with the government and timber producers that would allow legal wood exports to the EU, Eleven Media reports. Barthar Cho, joint secretary of the Myanmar Forest Products and Timber Merchants Association, said Burma needs to put proper timber regulations in place before it could sign an agreement with the EU on legal timber trade. “To export Myanmar timber to European countries, a certificate will be required for their legal [authentication]. A delegate group from the EU will visit and observe the situation of timber production here,” he said.