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- Subject: Request to import logs from Burma p
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 04 Nov 1998 00:30:00
Subject: Request to import logs from Burma put on hold
October 31, 1998
Request to import
logs from Burma
put on hold
Mae Hong Son
Concerned agencies have been asked to study details of a request
from four Thai firms to import logs from Burma and hauling routes to
prevent Thai trees from being felled and included in the imports.
Plodprasop Suraswadi, the Forestry Department director-general,
recently asked provincial-level authorities to examine logs in Burma
before they are imported and check whether the proposed log hauling
routes will pass through national forest reserves in Mae Hong Son.
The department chief's order followed a recent request by four Thai
firms to import 120,000 cubic metres of logs from Burma.
The companies - Thai-Korean Veteran Welfare, B&F Goodrich, SA
Pharmaceutical and Phol Phana - wanted four border passes opened
to facilitate log imports. However, there are concerns that the
proposed passes, which will serve as hauling routes, will pass through
the Salween National Park and other forest areas in the province.
Amornphan Nimanant, deputy Mae Hong Son governor, said he
would hold talks with concerned agencies to discuss the hauling routes
and locations of log yards as suggested by the department.
However, he disagreed with the forestry chief's idea to delay import of
the logs, saying it would lead to a protest by timber operators.
Kaipet Pansomboon, Mae Hong Son forestry chief, said details of the
firms' request about the amount of logs contradicted those given to
provincial customs authorities.
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