Vientiane Times, 23 July 2013
Customs officials in Khammuan province recently announced they confiscated illegal wood worth over 238 million kip in the first six months this year. The seized timber consists of 12,000 kg of may kha young (rosewood), valued at 200 million kip, 2.6 cubic metres of may kham phi (Burmese rosewood), worth 5 million kip, and 4.2 cubic metres of may du (Pterocarpus), valued at over 33 million kip.
During the period, customs officials investigated illegal timber smuggling from the province to neighbouring countries. In other inspections, officials found pieces of wood without valid documents hidden inside buses and in transport trucks and vans so they were seized as public property, said a senior customs official.
He said provincial authorities will set up a committee to estimate the value of future seized timber and open a bid for the sale of the wood and bring the money back into the government’s coffers. Provincial leaders applauded the customs officials for their determination and hard work and urged all customs checkpoints nationwide to strictly abide by Order No. 1765 of the Minister of Finance.