How Sabah’s Log Export Ban Affects Japan | Daily Express Online
After 2018, when the Warisan Plus government took power and banned log exports, little was known about measures taken by resource-poor Japan to offset Sabah’s tropical log import deficit. Sabah Timber Association President Norman Wong pointed to a report by Kei Sekiguchi and Konatsu Ochi that Japanese log importers have turned to timber supplies from Papua New Guinea. Kei Sekiguchi and Konatsu Ochi write that: The Malaysian state of Sabah, a major supplier of tropical logs, has banned exports in the name of forest protection. Japanese importers then turned to Papua New Guinea, where Japan now accounts for 80% of its tropical log imports. ”
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