UK operator fined for failing to exercise due diligence when importing timber
British timber operator Hardwood Dimensions (Holdings) Ltd has been fined for breaching regulations prohibiting the import and sale of illegally harvested timber. Hardwood Dimensions failed to check the legality of a batch of timber from Cameroon when placing it on the market, breaching regulations requiring businesses trading in timber and timber products in the UK to ensure that their products originate from legal sources.
The fine marked the first enforcement action carried out by the United Kingdom Government’s new Office for Product Safety and Standards since its establishment earlier this year.
Taking into account their mitigation and credit for an early guilty plea, Hardwood Dimensions was fined £4 000 plus a victim surcharge of £170 and prosecution costs of £3 273.