|Thua Thien-Hue traffic police found a truck carrying rare wood on National Highway 1A. — Photo laodong.com.vn
THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS) — Thừa Thiên-Huế Province's traffic police said yesterday they had discovered a case of illegal transport of rare wood on National Highway 1.
On Wednesday night, the traffic police stopped a truck in the central province's Hương Thủy District and found 2cu.m of rare and protected wood in it.
The wood, scientifically known as afzelia xylocarpa, is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and in the Vietnamese Red Book of Endangered Species. There is a ban on its exploitation, trade or transportation in Viet Nam.
The wood was hidden under plastic boxes that contained empty beer bottles in the truck, the police said.
The truck was being driven by Le Chanh Huy, 39, a resident of Quảng Binh Province's Lệ Thủy District. Huy was unable to show any valid documents for the wood.
Police have 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. — VNS