News archive

Tag: Myanmar

Investigation exposes European firms taking advantage of loophole to import Myanmar teak

29-05-2020
European Union Timber Regulation, loophole, Myanmar teak

A new investigation has uncovered a scheme exploiting a loophole in the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) that campaigners allege allows European companies to buy Myanmar teak without conducting due diligence. The scheme was run out of Croatia and allowed companies in other European countries to purchase teak from Myanmar via Croatian firm …

Myanmar exports teak to Thailand through cross border trade arrangement

06-02-2020
teak, Myanmar, export, Thailand, sawnwood, cross border trade, China

In November last year Myanmar exported some 100 tons of teak sawnwood to Thailand via a cross border trade arrangement being the first of around 1,100 tons set to be shipped. The export process was witnessed by Minister Ohn Win and supervised by the Forest Department, the General Administration Department, the Custom Department, the Immigration …

Myanmar: 143K Tons of Trafficked Timber Seized Over 3 Years

22-05-2019
Myanmar, timber

More than 143,000 tons of trafficked hardwood have been seized since the current administration took office three years ago, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation’s Forest Department. “Thanks to tip-offs from members of the public, we were able to make those seizures,” the …

Tougher penalties for forest crime in Myanmar

21-05-2019
Myanmar, forestry

In a bid to protect the country’s fast-dwindling forests last September the Myanmar parliament enacted a tougher forest law that threatens violators with up to 15 years in prison. Under the law forest officials can also be punished for accepting bribes or for being involved in the extraction, transfer or possession of illegally harvested …

Myanmar: 143K Tons of Trafficked Timber Seized over Three Years

11-04-2019
Myanmar, timber

More than 143,000 tons of trafficked hardwood have been seized since the current administration took office three years ago, according to the Burmese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation’s Forest Department. “Thanks to tip-offs from members of the public, we were able to make those seizures,” the …

Government stepping in to assist Myanmar’s ailing teak furniture industry

20-07-2018
Myanmar,

Myanmar furniture, once well-known for its quality and craftsmanship, is seemingly losing lustre in domestic and international markets. Local demand has declined quite drastically due to soaring prices, while overseas interest has waned due to weakening quality over the past few years. Recognising the struggles of the industry, Yangon Chief …

MTE confirms private sector to be contracted for logging

04-08-2017
MTE, Myanmar, harvesting

The private sector will be contracted to undertake log harvesting and transport this year, according to the Deputy General Manager of the Extraction Department in the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) MTE may rent out heavy machinery and elephants to contractors. Previously harvesting was suspended for a year, but will resume in fiscal year 2017-18 …

Strengthening sustainable forest management in Myanmar

12-07-2017
PEFC, forest certification, Myanmar

“Forest certification has the potential to greatly support Myanmar's forest sector and contribute to the ongoing reform process,” said Dr Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director General of the Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Government of Myanmar at the launch of a new initiative to promote sustainable …

Subscribe to our newsletter