Insight Crime on 19th July reported that a new report offering a detailed breakdown of Peru’s timber trade exposes the staggering levels of illegality that have contaminated the country’s wood supply chain and the constant evolution of trafficking networks. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) analysed 1,024 Forest Transport Permits (Guias de Transporte Forestal – GTF) which documents accompany wood shipments ostensibly as a mark of their legality, but are often traded on the black market to launder illegally logged wood. Its analysis could only identify around a quarter of the timber shipments examined as highly likely being of illegal origins, but it could also only identify 18% that were highly likely to be legal. The report draws attention to the manipulated paperwork, grey areas and loopholes that are exploited by timber traffickers. Experts are said to believe the true levels of illegality in Peru’s timber trade could reach as high as 80%, representing hundreds of millions of dollars for timber trafficking networks.
The report can be found at –
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