The illegal logging ban passed during the summer of 2008 has received a great deal of attention in the US media, particularly within the flooring industry.
This legislation is significant for a number of reasons. First, it protects our world's forests. Second, it protects buyers who practice due diligence when importing wood from outside the United States. Third, it eliminates the influx of low-cost, low-quality wood flooring produced from illegally harvested wood. Penalties for noncompliance with this new legislation are severe, and can include the forfeiture of the material, $500,000 fines, and five years jail time.
The US Lacey Act prohibiting the import of illegally logged timber into the US was passed more than four years ago. Since then, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has been working on behalf of industries like ours in supporting Lacey Act implementation. With the success of the law in the US, the EIA also helped to introduce similar legislation in the European Union, which was passed on July 7, 2010.
The Hardwood Federation is keeping a close eye on this Act. Learn more.
Check out recent press from Hardwood Floors magazine regarding the Lacey Act: