Vietnam in Violation: Action required on fake CITES permits for rosewood trade

A briefing highlighting serious violations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) by the Government of Vietnam, as evidenced in a formal submission from the Government of Cambodia.

Documents submitted by Cambodia to the CITES Secretariat constitute evidence that Vietnam deliberately and repeatedly accepted fake CITES permits for Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) – a highly endangered tree species teetering on the brink of extinction.

Specifically, Cambodia’s submission describes how the trees were harvested illegally in Cambodia and imported into Vietnam under fake CITES permits.