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Rare wood seized in Thua Thien-Hue Province

Update: December, 01/2015 - 16:05
Police seized doussie wood from a truck travelling through Thua Thien-Hue Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Viet

THUA THIEN-HUE(VNS) — Traffic police in the central Thua Thien-Hue Province today found a truck travelling on the South-North route to be illegally transporting 3cu.m of rare and protected wood.

The wood, with the scientific name of afzelia xylocarpa, is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The wood was hidden under a load of straw and chestnuts in the truck, the police said.

The truck was being driven by Nguyen Dinh Tinh, 34, a resident of Gia Lai Province's Kbang District. Tinh was unable to show legal documents for the wood.

Police seized the wood and are continuing their investigation.

Commonly known as doussie, afzelia xylocarpa is favoured for making furniture and as ship-building and housing material, thanks to its unique quality, colour and grain. The tree's bark is used in the tanning industry.

Earlier, on Sunday morning, the traffic police in Thua Thien-Hue Province discovered that a passenger bus was transporting 265kg of huong (fragrant) wood or Narra Padauk, and other kinds of wood on National Highway 1A.

The bus was going from Da Nang to Quang Tri.

The wood, weighing nearly one tonne, was hidden in the bus' luggage storage area.

The drive failed to show legal documents for the wood. He told the police that he was hired by a trader in Dac Lak Province to transport the wood to Ha Noi for consumption.

There is a ban on trading in Narra Padauk, a rare type of wood. — VNS

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