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Government prohibits imports of red sanders wood

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today prohibited the of red sanders, an endangered species of wood.

The directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT), in a notification, said it has shifted of this wood from "free" to "prohibited" category.

This wood is an endangered species of flora protected under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna.

It is illegal to possess and sell the same.

Red sander is found mainly in the Seshachalam hill ranges spread across Kadapa, Chittoor and Kurnool in the region and parts of Nellore district in

The wood has huge demand abroad, especially in and Japan, where it commands a good price.

It is a valued item in traditional medicines and woodcraft across China, Myanmar, and East Asia.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 01 2017. 22:42 IST