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Greenpeace discovered an illegal timber shipment in France

Greenpeace informed the French Ministry of Agriculture, but no action has been taken yet.

9th January 2014

On the 8th of January, Greenpeace has symbolically seized an illegal import of logs coming from Congo, in the French port of Caen. Greenpeace claims to have full evidence to prove that the wood ''caught'' is illegal.

The importer, French company Peltier Bois, did not give any information about the type and amount of the wood, although it has assured that will start a private investigation to find out the exact origin. The contested timber comes from the Equator province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and had an SCB stamp on it, of the company Sicobois, which has several licenses in the region. Greenpeace informed the French Ministry of Agriculture, but no action has been taken yet.

The environmental group criticizes the French Government for delaying the implementation of the EUTR in the national legislation. The law is currently under debate in the Parliament and, until its entering into force, the French authorities have their hands tied.

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