EU Looks To Cut Down On Illegal Timber

Law360, New York (October 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Almost 20 percent of timber imported to the European Union may come from illegal sources, but that could change under newly proposed legislation geared toward curbing illicit logging and deforestation, as well as addressing climate change, the European Commission said Friday.

The legislation calls for due diligence requirements for companies that put timber on the European market. Traders would have to seek “sufficient guarantees” that the timber and timber products they put on the market come from legal harvests under the law, the EC said, adding...
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