An investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has uncovered European timber traders evading EU laws to place their products from Myanmar onto the market.
The investigation shows the extent to which companies will go to avoid EU law in place to protect the European market from illegally sourced timber and wood products.
Myanmar’s forests are being destroyed at an almost unprecedented rate – an area larger than the size of Belgium was lost during the period 2001-18. This is having a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods, driving climate change through deforestation and destroying the country’s abundant biodiversity.
Myanmar’s forests host some of the most valuable teak on Earth. The demand for luxury products such as decking for superyachts is driving both illegal logging and the smuggling of teak from Myanmar to international markets.