January 07, 2021

DHA eNews - Vietnam Denies High-Risk Illegal Wood Trade

Vietnam Denies High-Risk Illegal Wood Trade

The Vietnamese wood products industry and its U.S. importers have denied the U.S. Trade Representative's allegations of unfair trade. Instead, they cite Vietnam's recent progress in combatting illegal logging, claiming that certification standards are adequate safeguards and that if there is illegal wood, it's in the domestic market and not for export. Vietnam and U.S. importers of Vietnamese wood products favor bilateral dialogue and voluntary cooperation as tools to prevent illegal logging.

Decorative Hardwoods Association has filed rebuttal comments.

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