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Timber Smuggling Rises After Burma’s Export Ban

5 May 2014

More than 1,000 tons of illegal timber were seized over the past week in Burma, following a nationwide ban on the export of raw timber on April 1, Eleven Media reports. Since April 29, law enforcement have confiscated 1,078 tons of teak, hardwood and other timber while arresting 101 people across the country for allegedly attempting to smuggle it abroad, the news agency reports, citing the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. “They now carry it to the border, where smuggling is possible. …Wood smuggling is getting worse,” the chairman of the Forest Resource Environment Development and Conservation Association was quoted as saying.