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Timber deals don't add up

Timber deals don't add up

The following Thai-based companies have been given concessions to export timber already

felled before the Government's April 1995 logging and export ban:

Deal dated 29 Jan, 1996:

1. BLP Import-Export Ltd (225,000 cubic meters [m3]).

2. S. Containers Co. Ltd. (140,000 m3).

3. Chantaburi Romphoroow Construction Co. Ltd. (120,000 m3).

4. PT Agricultural Industry Ltd. (10,000 m3).

Deal dated 16 Feb 1996:

5. Siam Forestry Co. Ltd. (125,800 m3).

6. SA Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (30,000 m3).

7. Philler Products Ltd. (20,000 m3).

8. Chantaburi Romphoroow Construction Co. Ltd. (20,000 m3).

9. PT Agricultural Industry Ltd. (15,000 m3).

Deal dated 27 Feb 1996:

10. KGO Supply Co. Ltd. (10,000 m3 unprocessed). (3,000 m3 processed).

11. Chhakaphon Khamai Co. (500 m3 unprocessed No. 1). (5,000 m3 unprocessed

No. 2).

(500 m3 processed No. 1) (1,500 m3 processed No. 2).

12. Enterprise TSD Co. (1,182.85 m3 unprocessed No. 1.) (7,503.69 m3 unprocessed

No. 2) (1,000 m3 processed).

13. Pipat Forestry Co. Ltd. (83,015 m3 unprocessed No. 2).

14. Kanachanak Bori Co. Ltd. (50,390.1 m3 unprocessed No 2) (4,502.52 m3

processed No. 2).

15. SRR Co. Ltd. (1,090 m3 unprocessed No. 1) (15,478.48 m3 unprocessed

No 2).

16. Hua Weing Saw Mill Ltd. (40,000 m3 unprocessed No. 2).

17. Wooden Supply Import Export Ltd. (107,854.6 m3 unprocessed No 2).

18. Ruam Tuntummai Co. Ltd. (20,000 m3 unprocessed No. 2).

19. Display Tech Thailand Ltd. (25,000 m3 unprocessed No. 2)

(Note: Timber is graded according to quality. No. 1 being better quality than

No. 2, and so on.)

Totals:

705,800 m3 (unspecified), 8,500 m3 (processed), 10,000 m3 (unprocessed), 2,700

m3 (unprocessed No 1), 352,300 m3 (unprocessed No 2)

GRAND TOTAL: 1,079,300 m3

Statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture of the amount of timber already felled

and lying in Cambodia after the timber export and cutting ban of 30 April 1995:

Unprocessed:

Premium grade 18,845 m3, No 1, 16,805 m3, No 2 288,060 m3, Processed: 6,974 m3

GRAND TOTAL: 330,648 m3

- (In one specific instance, Global Witness said that it had documented proof

that Display Tech Thailand Ltd - listed as No. 19 above - had 6,371 cubic meters

of logs in its rest area that had already been cut before the ban. Display Tech's

recent concession from the Royal Government is for 25,000 m3.)

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