Hong Kong Customs announced Thursday [21 September 2017] that it had seized about 12,370 kilograms of suspected red sandalwood from a container at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2017

Key Point

  • The shipment of red sandalwood, valued at USD 8.7 million, arrived in Hong Kong from Malaysia.

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  • In 2014, there were numerous press reports of illegal Chinese logging in Mozambique, as well illegal logging of Siamese rosewood in the Mekong region (i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand). From the Mekong region alone, China had imported an estimated US$2.4 billion worth of Siamese rosewood from the Mekong area (i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand) since 2000. In Africa, Chinese companies were particularly interested in purchasing rosewood timber (destined for mainland furniture manufacturers) in Western Province, Zambia.
  • In April 2013, Zambia’s President visited China and stated after his return that announced that Chinese investors were interested in engaging in rice production in Western Province, Zambia. Chinese companies have also been interested in purchasing rosewood timber (destined for mainland furniture manufacturers) in Western Province, Zambia.
  • Red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) is a native and endemic to southeastern India. It is a high-value timber that is primarily used by the furniture industry, though it has numerous other applications including red dye coloring (red pigment extraction), medicine, and cosmetics. Due to overexploitation, in 2000, India banned the sale of red sandalwood.

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