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Australian imports of timber from Myanmar increased post-coup, totaling AUD 2.5 million in 2021-2022.

Illegal logging and trade has surged since the coup in Myanmar, causing extensive forest destruction and funneling cash to the junta

Why We Must Act

The Australian Government still allows timber and wood products from Myanmar to be imported.

Did You Know...

Since the military coup, direct imports to Australia have increased from $2.2 million to $2.5 million.

What Is Myanma Timber Enterprise?

The Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) is responsible for producing and exporting timber from Myanmar and is now controlled by the Myanmar junta.

MTE Funds Violence

The timber industry supports the regime that's behind violent attacks and the killing of children in Myanmar.

Timber from Myanmar is high risk

There is a high risk of timber from Myanmar being illegally logged.

Sanction Myanma Timber Enterprise

The US and EU have already sanctioned MTE

It's time for Australia to join them
and sanction MTE!

Send a Tweet today!

To @AlboMP @SenatorWong @MurrayWatt Australia imports timber & wood from Myanma Timber Enterprise, linked to violent #Myanmar military responsible for attacks on civilians including children #NoMMJunta #SanctionMTE #LogOutNow @myanmarcn @JustActivists http://bit.ly/logoutmm

To @AlboMP @SenatorWong @MurrayWatt Australia imports timber & wood products from the #Myanmar junta, while they commit atrocities against their own people. Let's put an end to the violence! #SanctionMTE #LogOutNow #NoMMJunta @myanmarcn @JustActivists http://bit.ly/logoutmm

To @AlboMP @SenatorWong @MurrayWatt Let’s end our support for the brutal military junta - stop all imports of timber & wood products from #Myanmar - it’s time to sanction Myanma Timber Enterprise #SanctionMTE #LogOutNow @myanmarcn @JustActivists http://bit.ly/logoutmm

To @AlboMP @SenatorWong @MurrayWatt AU should not be complicit in supporting a regime responsible for the killing of children. Join UK, US, EU to impose sanctions on Myanma Timber Enterprise #SanctionMTE #LogOutNow #NoMMJunta @myanmarcn @JustActivists http://bit.ly/logoutmm

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Timber Trade, Junta Funding, and Forest Devastation in Myanmar

Frequently asked Questions.

What's the situation in Myanmar since the 2021 coup?

The February 2021 coup triggered a humanitarian crisis and regional instability in Southeast Asia. Over 1.9 million people are internally displaced due to military violence, and over 1.3 million are refugees from Myanmar.

Where does the Myanmar military source arms from?

While having a strong arms production capability, Myanmar’s military relies on foreign revenue to purchase weapons and materials. These purchases include Russian and Chinese-made jets, aviation fuel, spare parts, and raw materials from various countries.

What's the scale of the junta's arms import and spending?

Since the coup, the junta has imported over USD 1 billion in arms and raw materials for weapon production. Notably, military spending is set to increase by 51%, reaching USD 2.7 billion for 2023-2024.

How does the junta benefit from state-owned enterprises?

All state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are under junta control. Natural resource-focused SOEs, like oil, gas, timber, mining, and gems, channel billions of dollars to the junta annually.

How is timber involved in this scenario?

The junta-controlled Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) oversees timber harvesting. Myanmar exported $242 million worth of timber from October 2021 to June 2023. However, MTE has been sanctioned by multiple countries due to its support of the junta.

How does Australia contribute to this issue?

Direct imports of timber and wood products from Myanmar to Australia increased post-coup, from AUD 2.2 million in 2020-2021 to AUD 2.5 million in 2021-2022. Additionally, Australia imported pearls, gems, and arms from Myanmar.

Is the timber trade in Myanmar problematic?

Myanmar is a significant teak producer, but illegal logging and trade pose a major issue, contributing to forest destruction. Over 85% of timber exports from Myanmar are estimated to be illegal.

How does illegal timber find its way to Australia?

Australia has no sanctions on timber imports or MTE

Australian importers must do their due diligence to they are not importing products that contain illegally logged timber

However the Environmental Investigation Agency asserts that supply chain traceability is close to impossible, making it difficult for imports of Burmese teak to meet Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (ILPA) requirements

Burmese teak is also smuggled to other countries like China and India before entering the Australian market.


Our Responsibility

Australian imports of timber from Myanmar have surged post-coup, totaling AUD 2.5 million in 2021-2022.

Importing timber from Myanmar directly supports the junta through enterprises like MTE, which involves a high risk of illegal timber and conflict timber.

  • Australia should sanction timber and wood product imports from Myanmar.
  • Australia should sanction Myanmar Timber Enterprise and related state-owned enterprises, Myanma Gems Enterprise, Myanma Pearls Enterprise, Myanma Mining Enterprises 1, and 2, and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise.
  • Any Burmese teak entering Australia from China and India and other countries should be thoroughly assessed for illegal origin.

Action 1: Tweet

Australia still imports timber and wood products from Myanmar!
These sales directly benefit the junta through state-owned enterprise Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) and are associated with illegal logging.

Action 2: Motion

Take our motion on sanctions for your local political branch or union to pass!
Then inform Minister Wong of your decision.
Let us know your branch or union has passed the motion!


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Why Sanctions?

Coordinated targeted sanctions on the Myanmar military and its businesses, including State-Owned enterprises, will stop the flow of foreign revenue used to purchase the arms, heavy artillery & jets and save lives!