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Hardwood Dimensions (Holdings), a timber supplier, has been fined for breaching regulations prohibiting the importing and sale of illegally harvested timber.

 

In doing so, the circa £8.5 million Manchester business became the first company to fall foul of enforcement action by the Office for Product Safety and Standards, a new Government office established in January.


Hardwood failed to check the legality of a batch of timber from Cameroon when placing it on the market, breaching regulations requiring businesses trading in timber and timber products in the UK to ensure that their products originate from legal sources, the product safety office said in a press release.


Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said the new office "strengthens the UK’s already tough product safety and enforcement rules" adding that the court decision "sends a powerful message to companies that they need to ensure any products they sell originate from legitimate sources."


At Manchester Magistrates Court, Hardwood Dimensions was convicted and fined £4,000 plus costs after pleading guilty at the first hearing.

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