Hundreds of Chinese owned trucks laden with timber have crossed from Kachin state into China over the past few weeks. Timber being transported to China has increased during the recent lull in fighting between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burma army. Hardwoods harvested from government controlled forests in the state are once again being shipped to China’s southwestern Yunnan province through KIO-controlled border checkpoints at Laiza, Dumbung Zup and Nbapa, according to sources within the timber trade…Full-text article: Burma News International Mar 2013

Key point

  • The cross-border timber trade is technically illegal as the Burmese government passed restrictions in 2006 that timber can only be exported from the southern city of Rangoon and only with the approval of the state-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise

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