The United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, ordered his country’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office to block future timber imports from Inversiones WCA E.I.R.L. (WCA), a Peruvian exporter, having found timber extracted illegally in its supply chain.
According to information from Gestion, this took place last Friday, July 26, and it is the second time that the Trump administration has taken a measure of this sort between both nations.
“In addition, it is the result of a request that the Wood Committee made to Peru in February 2018 to verify that three specific timber shipments from Peru to the US complied with all applicable Peruvian laws and regulations,” Lighthizer said.
The wood verification process was carried out by the Peruvian Government and revealed that a WCA shipment was not extracted and commercialized in accordance with the laws, regulations and other measures in Peru.
“President Trump is committed to ensuring that our business partners meet their obligations,” said Lighthizer. “Peru must increase its efforts to combat illegal logging. The United States is doing its part by enforcing our trade agreement and ensuring that illegally harvested timber cannot be exported to our country,” he continued.