I just read the best explanation of the US government's proceedings against Gibson Guitar. If you are interested in the topic, and especially if you import wood or use products that are made from imported wood, you need to read it too. Written by Dan Meyer of the Hardwood Review, it lays out eight "lessons" that we in the wood products industry need to understand about the rapidly-changing world of the global wood trade.
Good Intentions Gone Wrong? Lacey Act Lessons from the Gibson Guitar Raid
In a related editorial, editor Chaille Brindley of Pallet Enterprise adds his own thoughts on the controversy that seems to have much larger implications than when it first brought wood products to the national consciousness a couple of months ago.
Don’t Fret Over It.... Gibson Guitar Case Raises Green Questions
My friends in the wood import/export business tell me that the issue of mislabeling wood imports, whether intentional or not, has been a cultural component of the business for decades and ignored for too long. As these authors point out, whether you agree with the rules or not, the trend is toward more enforcement, not less, and everyone needs to be aware of that.