Research and data on forest commodity supply chains and policy

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In one month, spanning December 2018 and January 2019, authorities in Indonesia have seized 384 containers of wood originating from the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

Here’s a brief list of the four operations:

  • 40 containers of Merbau wood estimated at over US$ 800,000 seized in Surabaya
  • 57 containers of Merbau wood seized in Makassar Port
  • 88 containers of wood seized at the Port of Tanjung Perak
  • 199 containers of Merbau wood seized in Surabaya

Merbau (Intsia spp.) appears to be the primary species involved. Merbau is a popular decking and hardwood flooring species.

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Photo by Josh Estey 2009.

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