How much illegal timber gets into the UK?

4 August 2014

Government efforts to stop illicit rainforest timbers entering the UK market are being undermined by other EU countries, according to the European commission.

Yesterday the commission published a scorecard of the progress European nations had made on implementing protections against the trade of illegally logged timber. It identified a number of countries dragging their heels. This creates gaps through which illegal timber can be surreptitiously traded within the EU. This exposes countries like Britain despite their compliance with the three major safeguards against required under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) - designation of competent authorities, adoption of penalties and checks on companies’ compliance.

Read more at The Guardian.