At the climate agreement in Panama (14-25 November 2022), a variety of timber species such as Padouk and afzelia doussie were added to CITES II list of protected timber species. The short run-in period may cause (provisional) consequences towards availability and price. We are taking our precautions to make this transition as smooth as possible.
However, a extensive study by Professor Louis Doucet, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech University of Liège, indicates that the logging of Padouk and Doussie will not cause endangered status and will not jeopardise it in the next century.
So why were they included in the list of protected timber species?
In the 'Pterocarpus' family, there are nine subspecies, including padouk as we know it.
In these nine subspecies, the well-known padouk is not the problem, but another relative (Pterocarpus Angolensis) is said to be in trouble in savannah areas and consequently requires protection.
This cousin of the better-known padouk is very difficult to distinguish from other Pterocarpus relatives and thus the entire lineage was placed on the CITES II list for protected timber species.
So what does listing on the CITES II list mean?
The CITES II list certainly does not prohibit trading in this wood species, but it does look very strictly at legality.
Both the country exporting and the country importing must confirm that it is legal.
Afrormosia has been imported into Belgium in this way for many years.
We at Paulussen Houthandel BV welcome this decision.
Advanced legality is something we have been striving for for some time.
However, Paulussen Houthandel BV and Belgian Timber Trade BV view the (very) short 90-day familiarisation period with some concern.
Although advanced legality is already in place in countries like Gabon, this short familiarisation period may be a stumbling block to its smooth introduction.
Paulussen Houthandel BV and Belgian Timber Trade BV are hoping for a small delay to give assurance of a smooth transition.
At the same time, both companies are taking their precautions to make this transition as smooth as possible.
This both in price and availability.
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