U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer directed the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to block all future timber imports from a Peruvian exporter after illegally harvested timber was discovered in its supply chain.
Peru’s timber verification process revealed that a shipment from the exporter—WCA—was harvested illegally. The United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement requires that all timber shipments be harvested legally.
“Peru must increase its efforts to combat illegal logging,” Lighthizer said in a press release. “The United States is doing our part by enforcing our trade agreement and ensuring that illegally harvested timber cannot be exported to our country.”