If you are looking for EIA UK, it's overhere.

Toxic Trade: Forest Crime in Gabon and the Republic of Congo and Contamination of the US Market

Download the full report / Download the Executive Summary

En Français

Executive Summary in Chinese

The Congo Basin, home to the second largest tropical forest in the world after the Amazon and equal in size to half of the continental United States, is of vital importance for thousands of species, including our own. For four years, EIA has investigated the logging sector in the Congo and Gabon, countries that together account for approximately 60 percent of the total area under forest management in the Congo Basin. EIA’s findings reveal that one the most influential groups of affliated timber companies in Africa, which for the purpose of this report will be referred to as “Dejia (deh-ja) Group,” has built its business model on bribery and other crimes.

According to evidence collected by EIA, the Group has continuously broken the most fundamental forest laws, has turned timber trade regulations upside-down, and has diverted millions in unpaid taxes from the governments of Gabon and the Republic of Congo. Dejia Group executives explained in detail to EIA investigators how the company routinely bribes ministers in both the Republic of Congo and Gabon to get access to timber concessions and avoid punishment for their crimes. EIA’s findings indicate that the Group’s modus operandi is by no means an exception — instead, the corruption and forest crimes perfected by Dejia also plague the majority of companies operating in the industrial logging sector in the Republic of Congo and Gabon. EIA found that illegally-sourced timber from Dejia is contaminating European and US markets, despite their laws prohibiting the import of illegal timber. In the US, the complicity of the main importer and the deliberate negligence of a prominent manufacturer, both of whom EIA investigators met undercover, are critical elements of the toxic supply chain. As a result, US consumers have unknowingly supported one of Africa’s most brazen criminal forest networks for over a decade.

Download the full report. / Download the Executive Summary

En Français

Executive Summary in Chinese

View all Reports

Recent Reports

Condenando El Bosque
06/26/2019
Ilegalidad y falta de gobernanza en la Amazonía colombiana
Commerce Toxique
03/24/2019
Pendant quatre ans, l’Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) a enquêté sur le secteur de l’exploitation forestière au Gabon et en République du Congo, deux pays qui représentent environ 60% de la super cie totale allouée à l’exploitation forestière dans le bassin du Congo.

Recent Press Releases

Condenando El Bosque
06/26/2019
Un nuevo informe de investigación de Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Condenando el Bosque, revela el modus operandi utilizado por traficantes para comercializar madera con permisos comprados en el mercado negro, incluyendo especies protegidas como el cedro; y detalla cómo intermediarios aprovechan vacíos legales para lavar madera y escapar cualquier responsabilidad legal, dejando que los titulares de los permisos de aprovechamiento paguen las consecuencias.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asks Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike to support a ban on Japan’s ivory trade
05/17/2019
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asks Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike to support a ban on Japan’s ivory trade

Recent Videos

Raw Intelligence: TBNI
06/12/2019
The managers of the company Transport Bois Négoce International (TBNI) know how to make big money off of logging the Congo Basin forest while keeping their profit hidden from Gabonese authorities. Yet their methods remain a secret no more, as company officials described in detail to EIA investigators the tricks of their trade.
Intelligence Brute: TBNI
06/12/2019
Les dirigeants de la société Transport Bois Négoce International (TBNI) savent comment gagner beaucoup d’argent en exploitant les forêts du Bassin du Congo, tout en gardant leurs bénéfices bien cachés aux yeux des autorités gabonaises. Mais leurs méthodes ne sont plus un secret, car l’un des responsables de la société a décrit en détail ces manigances aux enquêteurs sous-couverts d'EIA.
Follow us @eiaenvironment on twitter for the latest updates!