Illegal logging has long been an environmental concern, as well as a widespread organized crime and governance problem. In recent years, avoiding illegal wood has also become a significant issue for businesses in the forest products sector. The U.S. Lacey Act, European Union Timber Regulation and Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act require anyone importing wood to know where their products are coming from and take steps to eliminate illegal wood from their supply chains.
Enforcement of the amended Lacey Act has begun, both on and off the public radar. Here are tips on how to remain in compliance.