Last updated December 1, 2020 1:18pm EST

On November 15, 2020 the Federal Police of Brazil seized a timber barge originally estimated to have been carrying 2,700 cubic meters of logs that were being transported irregularly.

According to Globo, the Federal Police have determined that the barge was only one of four, and that the total amount of logs seized exceeded 6,000 cubic meters. That’s equivalent to about 300 containers (assuming 20m3/container).

The species of logs that were seized allegedly include Ipe and Massaranduba. At least one of the reasons the timber was seized is because the documents of forest origin (DOF) were allegedly forged. Also, the alleged declared value of the timber appears to have been wrong. Lower valued species were declared. Based on reports, the declared value per cubic meter of log was only about US$ 40/m3.

This is a developing story.

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Header photo: Federal Police of Brazil