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Workshops to Help Malaysian Forest Products Companies

Speakers and participants pose for a group photo at the start of the Workshop on Legality Training held in Kuala Lumpur. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Speakers and participants pose for a group photo at the start of the Workshop on Legality Training held in Kuala Lumpur.

Exporting forest products to the United States can be confusing with increased international legislation that bans trade in illegal timber.  The amended Lacey Act in the U.S. calls for more product declarations beginning this September, which will have U.S. importers asking more questions of their Malaysian forest products suppliers.

With this in mind, WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network and TRAFFIC, with support from USAID’s Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade program , have organized a series of workshops that will educate these suppliers on how to comply with relevant laws and help their U.S. customers demonstrate due care.

At the opening ceremony, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Brian McFeeters noted the benefit of international legislation to Malaysia.   “The amended U.S. Lacey Act is an important tool in helping Malaysia enforce its own laws governing trade in timber and timber products,” he said.

“It is imperative for companies in Malaysia to understand the law, what’s required from them to help their customers in the U.S. demonstrate compliance, and how they can play a part in a larger international movement to combat trade in illegal wood.”

The Lacey Act has given a boost to the movement for legal and responsible timber and wood products.  The workshops are designed to help build capacity among Malaysian suppliers to remain competitive in the increasingly complex global marketplace.

The Kuala Lumpur workshop was held on July 27, which will be followed by workshops in Sibu, Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.