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February 2018

UNEP-WCMC reports The German CA provided an update on the verdict in a seizure of wengé in 2013 

In October 2013, the German CA seized two shipments of between 16-20 wengé logs each from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The seizure was made following a number of anomalies in the certificates of origin submitted to provide evidence of legality. In the course of further investigations, forged documents were identified and the timber shipments were therefore considered illegal according to the German Wood Trade Security Act for the implementation of the EUTR. The importers brought an action against the seizure before the Administrative Court in Cologne, which was dismissed on 1 June 2017 after hearings; the Court declared the documents forged, entitling the German CA to carry out the seizure under the regulations of the Wood Trade Security Act. The verdict is now final. The logs, comprising a volume of 140 m³ and an estimated value of about EUR 1000/m³, will be put up for auction in the near future, with the proceeds going to the Federal Republic of Ukraine.

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