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CITES ban on Agarwood Trade from LAO PDR

A Closer Look at Sustainability and Transparency

In recent times, we’ve been inundated with inquiries regarding the banned trade of agarwood from LAO PDR under CITES. Our clients, who have been actively sourcing oud oil from various regions, have sought clarification on the matter. It’s imperative to recognize and accept the decision made by CITES, an organization committed to preventing the extinction of wild agarwood and promoting sustainability and transparency.

Monitoring the Situation Since 2022:

Our vigilant monitoring of the situation began in 2022, and significant developments have occurred since then. In the seventy-fifth meeting of the standing committee in Panama City, CITES emphasized its commitment to ensuring compliance and enforcement. The report highlighted the decision to review progress made by Lao PDR at the 77th meeting, with the possibility of recommending measures, including the suspension of trade in specimens of all CITES-listed species for commercial purposes.

“The Committee agreed to review progress made by Lao PDR at its 77th meeting and decide on appropriate compliance measures, including a recommendation to suspend trade in specimens of all CITES-listed species for commercial purposes”

Check the report here

Recent Urgency in the Seventy-Seventh Meeting:

The Seventy-seventh meeting of the standing committee brought about increased urgency regarding the situation in LAO PDR. CITES urged the country to promptly finalize and issue the decree in alignment with the comments made by the secretariat. The urgency stems from the perceived insufficient progress marked by significant gaps and inconsistencies.

However, the results are not satisfactory. The Standing Committee has addressed many recommendations to Lao PDR since 2016 and no or very limited progress has been made: the national legislation is still not in compliance with the Convention; and there appears to be limited collaboration between the Management and Scientific Authority as reflected in this report. Most importantly, it would appear that very limited efforts are being made to combat illegal trade in wildlife, despite significant support from inter alia UNODC and other partners.

CITES Recommendation for Trade Suspension:

Under the recommendation of CITES, the standing committee is encouraged to propose the suspension of trade (both import and export) in specimens of all CITES-listed species for commercial purposes. This proactive approach is aimed at meeting CITES minimum requirements and ensuring responsible and sustainable practices.

Check the report here

As we navigate through these changes in the agarwood trade landscape, our clients and stakeholders must stay informed and aligned with CITES regulations. Our commitment to transparency and sustainability mirrors the core values of CITES, and we remain dedicated to navigating these challenges responsibly. We eagerly await the 77th meeting’s decisions and will continue to keep our clients updated on any further developments in this evolving situation.

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