Singapore’s Illegal Timber Trade – The U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

On Tuesday May 6th, 2003, President George W. Bush and Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong signed the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will significantly relax the rules governing trade between the two countries.

Singapore, the world’s busiest port and the first Asian country to sign a free trade agreement with the US, has long been known to act as a major center of illegal trade in endangered wildlife and wildlife products. This document reveals evidence demonstrating how the city-state also plays a key role in smuggling illegally cut timber into other Asian countries and in some cases into the United States. Read more

Timber Traffickers

How Malaysia and Singapore are reaping a profit from the illegal destruction of Indonesia’s tropical forests

Indonesia’s forests are being wiped out by timber thieves. Much of this illegally logged wood is smuggled abroad. New evidence obtained by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Telapak exposes how Malaysia and Singapore continue to launder illegally logged Indonesian wood, including endangered species, on to world markets. Despite public commitments and international treaty obligations these two neighbouring states continue to profit at the expense of Indonesia’s rapidly diminishing forests. Read more