Illegal Timber Continues to be Seized Despite Order No 15 | Lao Tribune

Illegal Timber Continues to be Seized Despite Order No 15

The authorities of the Nam Phao International Border Checkpoint in Khammuan Province on Jan 3 seized an oil truck en route to Vietnam with many pieces of wood hidden inside without any legal documents.

The illegal timbers included mai kha young (rosewood) and other logs which were seized as public property.

Over the last three months, authorities have seized a number of timbers including 1,971 kg of may kha young (rosewood), some may kham phi (Burmese rosewood), and over 38,280 cubic metres of may du (Pterocarpus), according to the authorities.

The seizures were made in compliance with Prime Minister’s Order No. 15/PM, issued on May 2016, aiming to increase strictness on the management and inspection of timber exploitation, timber movement and timber businesses.

The order stipulates that ministries, relevant agencies and local authorities at all levels are to step up efforts and accountability on taking action and responsibility according to laws and regulations, particularly on timber management, timber exploitation, timber movement and timber businesses.

Source: Lao News Agency