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LAOS: 12 Categories of Wooden Exports Banned and 12 Officially Approved

Some 12 categories of wooden products have now gone on the country’s prohibited export list, while 12 other categories have been officially approved. The moves, which have gone into immediate effect, come as part of the government’s ongoing bid to stem the levels of illegal logging and unofficial exports that have bedeviled the country’s timber sector.

In September 2016, more than 1,000 family-owned wood-processing and furniture facilities were shut down across the country amid fears that they were engaged in illegal logging activities. Earlier in the year, a moratorium was placed on all timber exports (LAOS: Government Bans All Timber Exports.).


Banned Approved
•    columns and laminated beams
•    large tables
•    chairs made from a log of timber
•    large-sized cutting boards
•    large-sized planted timber
•    black charcoals
•    S2S, S4S and E4E decking
•    moulded timber products
•    truck body joinery
•    coffins
•    balustrades and stair rails
•    laminated stair rails
•    wooden briquettes and pellets
•    white charcoal and sawdust charcoal
•    wooden parquet and interior flooring
•    plywood
•    wooden handle products
•    builders' joinery
•    wooden carpentry
•    wooden furniture
•    bamboo and rattan products
•    split poles
•    piles, pickets, wooden stakes and sawn wood
•    wood shaving, sawdust and wood chips



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