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2013 Assessment Findings

More than half of Thailand’s wood demand is met by imports, and of these 20% is estimated to have been illegally sourced. However, the majority of this wood is consumed within the country, most of the timber used for exports coming from plantations in the country. Therefore, exports are at a lower risk of being illegal.

Around half of Thailand's wood furniture exports are destined for sensitive markets, but this proportion is declining, as it is for all its timber-sector exports. Until recently, the government response to the issue of illegal logging has been weak. However, in 2013 negotiations were launched with the EU for a voluntary partnership agreement and so this situation is likely to change.