Commerce Official Denies Luxury Wood ‘Logs’ Exported to China

A Commerce Ministry official yesterday denied that Cambodia was exporting luxury wood logs to China, insisting that any wood leaving the country was in a “processed” form. … The China Customs data also states that each year, just under 10,000 cubic meters of “logs” and about 15,000 cubic meters of “sawn wood,” of all kinds of timber, have been imported from Cambodia to various ports in China since 2005. Mao Thora, secretary of state at the Ministry of Commerce, insisted that Cambodia only exports processed wood abroad and not rough timber or logs. … Since 2007, the official value of imports under the rosewood category from Cambodia was registered as $61 million by China Customs.