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Producer countries are those for which the production of timber makes a significant contribution to their economy, and thus, it is where illegal logging occurs. Though many producer countries also play a role in processing and consuming wood, the indicators only assess these countries' role as producers.
Five producer countries were assessed for the 2010 report - Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia and Malaysia. In 2013-14, four additional producer countries were assessed - the Democratic Republic of Congo, Laos, Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Congo.