A report from the Environmental Investigation Agency on 1 December provides an overview of how the imports of teak into the US have escalated since the coup to provide desperately needed hard currency for the regime and its cronies and carried out in defiance of US sanctions.  It provides a rebuttal to the ‘stockpile narrative’ used by US teak traders to justify teak imports from Myanmar into the US in light of US sanctions.  It also highlights how these teak imports contravene the US Lacey Act, which is in place to combat the consumption of illegal timber.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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