Forest Trends issues biennial TREE newsletter
2nd February 2017

Forest Trends issues biennial TREE newsletter

The publication sums up recent recent enforcement actions taken in implementation of timber trade legality worldwide

The NGO Forest Trends has released its Fall 2016 Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE) Newsletter. This is the second edition of a biennial newsletter summarizing recent enforcement actions taken in the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation, US Lacey Act, and Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act. The newsletter presents the results of a survey of government enforcement agencies in the EU, Australia, and the US, as well as brief notes and official participation at the Fall TREE meeting.

Newsletter highlights:

  • Enforcement officials report having conducted 1,513 Due Diligence System (DDS) assessments and 822 site inspections over the one year period from October 2015 through September 2016. Over this same time period, officials reported issuing a total of 565 Corrective Action Requirements (CAR), 75 injunctions, and 59 sanctions or financial penalties.
  • Over the six-month period from April to September 2016, each enforcement agency conducted an average of 19 DDS assessments and 17 company site visits, and issued 7 CARs or warning letters and 1 injunction or “cease and desist” letter.
  • Of the total 1,129 enforcement actions reported by the fourteen authorities over the six month period, the frequency of each type of action for the median respondent was 47% DDS assessments, 36% site visits or company inspections associated with DDS assessments, 6% issuing CARs or warning letters and 1% issuing injunctions or “cease and desist” notices.
  • A total of 29 source or processing countries were associated with Corrective Action Requirements, injunctions and/or sanctions issued to European and Australian companies, with China, Brazil, Russia, Vietnam, India, Cameroon, Malaysia, and Myanmar most frequently identified.

For more information on the TREE initiative and previous meetings, please click here.