Since it began in May of 2020, Operation Verde Brazil 2 has seized 329,000 cubic meters of wood. That’s equivalent to 16,450 truckloads (on a 20m3/truckload basis).

Over a third of this volume was seized in one operation – Operation Handroanthus – the biggest in Brazil’s history.

It’s important to note that the seizure of wood does not mean the wood is illegal.

On the other hand, the legal processes to determine legality and liability in Brazil can last many years. And as in all parts of the world, loggers and sawmills accused of illegal logging (and/or trade) can continue to operate. And wood that has been seized can re-enter supply chains.

See: Why destroy seized timber to save forests?

These are some of the reasons due diligence processes of professional buyers should include a review of supplier legal antecedents prior to the receipt of each batch of cargo.

Concerned about legal risks in timber supply chains? Join TimberCheck™ or check the Timber Risk Map. Want to explore the declared origin of a wood product? Start a WoodFlow™. Curious what the forest looks like after the presumed harvest, request access to TimberSat™.