Smugglers Move Timber From Cambodia’s Mondulkiri, Defying Government Warnings

Smugglers working in collusion with corrupt officials on both sides of the border are continuing to move illegally harvested timber from Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province into neighboring Vietnam in spite of government warnings to halt the trade, sources in Cambodia say.

Loggers now use specially modified Toyota land cruisers to move their timber across the border, with as many as 30 vehicles—each carrying from four to six cubic meters of wood—crossing the border each night, a local villager told RFA’s Khmer Service on Oct. 31.

“The timber is transported to Vietnam, where it is bought by local depots,” Kroeung Tola, a Pnong villager in Pech Chreada district’s Bousra commune, said.

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