The United States Department of Homeland Security is conducting an investigation into U.S. Okoumé imports that may have been illegal.
This is related to a broader investigation detailed in a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
According to the EIA, a timber conglomerate with operations in both Gabon and the Republic of Congo violated a number of laws in the harvest and trade of their timber.
TIMBERCHECK™ will continue to monitor developments in the investigation of Okoumé imports.
In the meantime, here are some other, recent, timber risk-events in these countries:
- 1,000m3 of Kevazingo seized in Libreville
- 190m3 of Tali, Padauk, and Ovangkol logs seized in Ntoum
- Nine log yards and 146 logs alleged to be illegal in Yombi
Republic of Congo
- Congo logging companies and officials involved in 19.2 million Euro fraud alleges report
- Claims of illegal logging in Kimongo
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