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Furniture retailer Lombok has become the first business to be fined for breaching regulations introduced in 2013 to prohibit the import and sale of illegally harvested timber.

 

Its trading arm was convicted and fined £5,000 plus costs after pleading guilty at the first hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on October 25.


The company failed to exercise the required due diligence when placing an artisan sideboard on the market, imported on June 1, 2016 from India, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy said in a press release.


A previous breach of the relevant regulations had earlier been identified and led to a Notice of Remedial Action being served on Lombok in the spring of 2015, followed by a warning letter dated later that year when Lombok failed to comply with the notice.

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