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October 3, 2022
Russian timber evades US sanctions via Vietnam and China, says environmental group
Russian birch wood continues to flow to US consumers disguised as Asian products, despite US economic sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, a new report says. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a non-profit watchdog group based in Britain, has found that most of the birch products currently exported from Vietnam to the United States come from Russia. According to Vietnam customs data, about 40,000 cubic meters of birch wood is shipped monthly from Russia and China to Vietnam where it is assembled into furniture and plywood. These chairs ...
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