A report by the Environmental Investigation Agency found that up to 48 percent of the timber from Mozambique that is exported to China was illegally logged. This activity costs the Government of Mozambique $30 Million in lost tax revenue. Source: Pamela Dockins, “Illegal Logging Costs Mozambique, Other Countries,” Voice of America, February 14, 2013.
A former head of the forest management board in a forest in Vietnam was sentenced to jail for 12 years for allowing loggers to illegally cut down trees and to smuggle the timber out of the forest. The illegal loggers paid the official $2,300 (48 Million Vietnamese Dong) in bribes when they cut down trees… Continue reading Amount of Bribe Paid by Loggers in Vietnam
Between 2008 and 2010, the Environmental Investigation Agency estimates that wood that was illegally cut in Peru accounted for up to 35 percent of the country’s exports of Spanish cedar and big leaf mahogany. Most of the wood that is exported from Peru is used in high-end furniture. Illegal loggers in Peru can make up… Continue reading Illegal Timber Exports from Peru
Between 2007 and 2012, prosecutors in the Philippines filed 8 cases of illegal logging activities. 6 of the cases have been dismissed. Source: Melvin Gascon, “Is Quirino’s drive on illegal logging worth dying for?,” Inquirer, January 29, 2013.
In 2011, illegal logging activities in Russia generated 10 million cubic meters of logs and timber to China. The value of the illegal logging exports was worth $1.3 Billion, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency.
At least 10 percent of the wood imported into China in 2011 was illegally logged.
In February 2011, the Government of the Philippines issued an Executive Order to address illegal logging activities in the country. One portion of the order was to establish the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF). Between 2011 and 2012, up to 25 civilian members of the task force were killed.
The Government of Australia estimated in 2012 that over 10 percent of the timber that is imported into the country was illegal logged. Based on the value of Australia’s logging industry, the value of illegally logged timber in the country is worth $4.1 Billion (4 Billion Australian Dollars).
According to environmental officials in Cambodia, loggers and traders are able to make thousands of dollars through illegal logging activities in the country.
A report published by the United Nations Environment Programme and Interpol stated that illegal loggers pay between $25,000 to $50,000 for permits from government officials that allow them to log in restricted areas. Illegal loggers in Indonesia pay officials between 10 to 40 percent of the value of the logging deal.