Updated 01/22/2018 – In one of the largest timber seizures ever, Brazilian authorities seized 444 containers of wood products in the Super Terminal and Chibatão ports of Manaus. The total volume of wood seized is estimated to be 10,000 cubic meters. At least 60 companies are being investigated.
The operation dubbed “Archimedes” followed a month-long investigation that began December 14 when Brazil’s Internal Revenue Service noticed an unusual increase in the volume of wood passing through the port. The Federal Police then conducted a spot inspection of 10 containers and found them to have discrepancies.
Since Operation Archimedes began, IBAMA has identified illegalities including:
- Fraudulent use of Forest Origin Documents (documents that were falsified or canceled documents that were re-used);
- Volume discrepancies between the volumes declared in commercial documents versus the actual volumes of wood in the containers;
- Specie discrepancies between the species declared versus the actual species in the containers.
The origins of the seized wood shipments include the forests of Rondonia, Amazonas, and Roirama with much of the seized wood originating in Roirama. At least half of the merchandise is intended to be exported to markets in the United States and Europe, with the remainder destined for Brazil’s domestic wood markets.
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