Update on Wooden Product Exports Allowed and Prohibited


An updated list of wooden products allowed for and prohibited from export has been released in a move to regulate timber businesses, while closing loopholes for illegal logging.

The government spokesman Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher issued a press statement yesterday disclosing the new list. Of which, 12 categories of wooden products are allowed for export and another 12 categories are prohibited from export.

Wooden products prohibited from export are columns; columns and laminated beams; large tables, chairs made from a piece of timber and cutting boards having a large size.

Planted timber having a large size; other black charcoals; S2S, S4S E4E decking; moulded timber products, truck body joinery; coffins; balustrades and stair rails, as well as laminated stair rails are also prohibited.

Wooden products allowed for export included wooden briquettes, pellets; white charcoal and sawdust charcoal; wooden parquet, interior flooring; plywood; wooden handle products, builders’ joinery, wooden carpentry and other articles of wood.

Wooden furniture; bamboo and rattan products; split poles; piles, pickets, wooden stakes and sawn wood; wood shaving, sawdust and wood chips are also permitted for export.

Those 12 main categories listed for export also comprise many more sub-categories. However, permission for their export also depends on their size and thickness meaning that those products bigger or thicker than the allocated size are prohibited from being exported.

Dr Chaleun said the Ministry of Industry and Commerce issued its decision early this month detailing the sub-categories and the size.

The ministry warned businesses not to export any timber products which are not in the permitted list.

The move had been made in line with the outcomes of the recent meeting between Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his deputies, the spokesman said.

The government had instructed the ministry to pay great attention to implementing the measures explained above and report the outcome to the government on a monthly basis, Dr Chaleun said.

Source: Vientiane Times