Brazil tightens inspections to fight illegal timber trade

Police and members of the customs offices of some 10 countries on Tuesday began training in the Amazonas state capital Manaus, to curb illegal timber trade from Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Through Friday, representatives from Colombia, Spain, the United States, France, the Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia and Venezuela will learn about document and species identification techniques and conduct inspection practices in the Brazilian jungle.

The aim of the course, led by the Brazilian Federal Police, is to strengthen inspections at Brazilian and foreign ports of timber coming from the South American giant.

The goal is for authorities in these countries to understand the specifics of timber that is legally exported from Brazil to these and other countries, in order to prevent its illegal commercialization and help . . .

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