Traders defy the law to import more teak into the USA from Myanmar than before the coup

Despite sanctions put in place against the brutal military junta in Myanmar, US traders continue to source precious teak from the country for luxury yachts and flooring.

The allegations are made in the new EIA report Acts of Defiance – How US traders are ignoring sanctions to import conflict teak from Myanmar, released today (1 December).

Full details of the companies accused are being provided to the US Department of State.

EIA Forests Campaign Leader Faith Doherty said: “After the military seized power in Myanmar in February last year, it sought to ransack the country’s natural resources in a desperate grab for hard currency to keep itself afloat.

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