NEW YORK -- The Court of International Trade recently dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) against the United States government and two private importers of Peruvian mahogany, Bozovich Timber Products of Evergreen, AL, and TBM Hardwoods of King of Prussia, PA, according to Hogan & Hartson LLP, the law firm representing the two companies.
In his 28-page opinion, the Honorable Richard K. Eaton of the Court of International Trade in New York, said that the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species do not impose an embargo on imports of Peruvian mahogany, writing that the Convention and U.S. law regulate trade by requiring that Peru issue export permits once it is satisfied with the legal and sustainable nature of the mahogany harvest.
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