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Full Timber Legally Risk AssessmentList of Applicable LegislationRisk Mitigation GuideDocument Guide
Our Timber Legality Risk Assessment for Thailand from 2017 forms the basis of our information available for Thailand. However, in collaboration with local forest legality experts we have identified changes in applicable legislation and updated the list of legality risks related to harvesting, trade and transport in Thailand to reflect the situation in the country as of 2021. These updates have been captured in our new toolkit for Thailand. which incude a List of Applicable legislation, Risk Mitigation Guide and a Document Guide. This country page for Thailand has been updated to reflect the newest changes captured in our toolkit.
Timber Risk Score: 28 / 100 in 2017. The Timber Legality Risk Assessment contains an evaluation of the risk of illegality in Thailand for five categories and 21 sub-categories of law. We found:
This page provides an overview of the legality risks related to timber produced in Thailand.
Thailand has approximately 16.4 million hectares of forested land, covering almost one third of the country, of which:
Thailand is a major exporter of wooden furniture, sawn timber, and paper, among other timber-based products. In 2012, 18 million m3 RWE, worth $4 billion, were exported. Most of the timber that supplies the processing industry either comes from domestic plantations (approx. 8.7 million m3) or is imported (approx. 10 million m3), mainly from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Lawson, 2014).
Several legality risks are present in Thai timber supply chains. The risks are wide ranging and relate to legal rights to harvest, timber harvesting activities, and trade and transport. If you are sourcing timber from Thailand you should take care to ensure the extensive risks identified are not present in your supply chains, or have been sufficiently mitigated. VIEW LESS
FSC certified area:
0.125 Mha, updated April 1, 2023