Timber Industry

China at the centre of global illegal timber trade, NGO says

Workers load Chinese-style furniture made of African rosewood outside a Beijing furniture shop. China is making tentative efforts to import rosewood and other species from legal sources, having established several bodies to regulate the trade.

China’s insatiable appetite for timber is driving an illegal trade in Asian and African forests that is fuelling conflict, an environmental group said on Thursday.

Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 7:55pm

Briefs, September 28, 2012

Zetas cartel leader Ivan Velazquez Caballero. Photo: AFP

Major drug trafficker taken by police

28 Sep 2012 - 4:19am

Singapore company uses DNA tests to fight global trade in illegal timber

A worker from DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies takes a wood sample from a timber mill in East Java, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters

Call it CSI: Singapore.

Unlike the crime scene investigators from the popular TV series, these detectives are hired to look for evidence of rogue wood from stores increasingly worried about being duped by a global trade in illegal timber now worth billions.

21 Aug 2012 - 4:02am

Timber imports no threat to world's forests, says official

The mainland's expanding timber imports pose no threat to the world's forest resources, and the country has diligently cracked down on illegal trade in endangered and internationally protected trees, a forestry official said yesterday.

17 May 2007 - 12:00am


JUST BACK FROM two weeks holiday on the west coast of Canada, a land of two seasons - rain and August, one where people may occasionally look tanned but it is actually because they have rusted.

9 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Illness, jail stop three delegates from having their say

Two of the 122 members of the IOC will not take part in today's vote and a third is highly unlikely to attend, a committee spokesman said.

Vera Caslavska - an Olympic gymnastics champion in the 1960s from the Czech Republic - is ill and will be absent.

13 Jul 2001 - 12:00am