Pericopsis elata (African Teak)

Criteria met:  High volume (globally threatened), sharp increase

Principal trade term to the EU:  timber

Percentage of global trade to the EU:  39%

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  Belgium, Portugal

Top Trading Partner:  Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:  Endangered

EU-reported imports of wild-sourced Pericopsis elata timber (reported in m3), all purposes, 2001-2010.

EU imports in 2010 primarily comprised 12,417 m3 of wild-sourced timber traded for commercial purposes. EU imports of wild-sourced timber more than doubled between 2009 and 2010, following two consecutive years in which imports decreased.
The majority of the timber was imported directly from Democratic Republic of the Congo (50%) or Cameroon (43%). The SRG formed a positive opinion for specimens from Cameroon on 02/04/2002, which was reconfirmed on 12/03/2009; a positive opinion was formed for specimens from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 30/11/2009.