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Jakarta Post

US introduces new approach to combat illegal wood trade

  • Benget Besalicto Tnb., The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

  /   Thu, September 3 2009   /  12:01 pm

The United States has been intensifying regional dialogue with a number of Asia's wood exporting countries, including Indonesia, in an effort to combat illegal logging.Part of this dialogue took place in Jakarta on Wednesday, mainly to introduce new provisions under the recently amended US Lacey Act regulating the import and export of food products to and from the US. The regional dialogue was attended by representatives of the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia. Assistant to US Trade Representative (USTR), Mark Linscott, who headed a US delegation, told the press here that any US citizen importing or exporting illegally harvested plants or products to and from the US may be prosecuted under the Lacey Act. Offenders may be prosecuted through either civil or criminal enforcement acti...