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illegal logging, major export, metric tons, important item, plywood

Timber is a major export for Laos, with production estimated at 4.9 million cu m (172 million cu ft) in 2000. Some timber is processed as sawn boards and plywood, but most is exported in the form of logs. Despite government attempts to regulate and manage the industry, illegal logging and smuggling of timber remain widespread. Fish is an important item in the Lao diet, but the catch of 40,000 metric tons (in 1997) is sufficient only for local consumption.



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