Canadian Forest Service Publications

Exotic wood trade: Is it legal? 2019. Rioux, D.; Duchesne, I.; Isabel, N. NRCan, CFS, Laurentian Forestry Centre, Québec, QC. Branching Out from the Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre. No. 120. 2 p.

Year: 2019

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39904

Language: English

Series: Branching Out (LFC - Québec)

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Abstract

In recent decades, the international trade in illegal wood has grown to such an extent that a number of countries have come together to take vigorous measures aiming to curb this business, which is frequently carried out under the protection of organized crime. According to INTERPOL (2019), illegally cut trees account for between 15 and 30% of all timber sold worldwide. According to the same source, the annual dollar value of this illegal trade is estimated at between USD 51 billion and USD 152 billion. This trade has disastrous economic, environmental and social consequences, not only in the countries where the wood is harvested, but also in Canada, since Canada’s forest industry is competing in international markets against cheaper products from illegal sources. Moreover, products made from this wood can be found on the shelves of our stores, unbeknownst to consumers, and even to retailers...

Also available under the title:
Commerce de bois exotiques : légal ou illégal? L’Éclaircie du Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie des Laurentides. No 120. (French)