Wednesday, 07 March 2018 21:51

How are you sourcing Genuine Mahogany these days?

Written by Jesper Bach

 Do you know where your supplier is sourcing their Genuine Mahogany, (Swietenia Macrophylla)?

genuine mahogany nurseryThe proper importing of tropical hardwood species has been at the forefront of the industry for some time now. Recently, this has resurfaced as a hot issue for several of our customers, particularly for those that manufacturer products related to the music industry.

In general, most people know that Swietenia Macrophylla is a CITES listed specie.  With that comes some stringent importing regulations that companies must adhere to. In practice this means there are several countries where Genuine Mahogany grows that can be difficult or restricted when it comes to sourcing lumber. For example, from our perspective some countries that are “off limits” for sourcing Swietenia Macrophylla today would be Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. We believe it is important that you ask your supplier where they are sourcing their lumber from and ensure they can document the chain of custody required for this tropical species.

For us working at Baillie Lumber we are proud of the supplier relationships we have developed for Genuine Mahogany.  Our suppliers are exclusively from Mexico, a region where we have been actively sourcing from for over 14 years now. In Mexico the Ejidos “Villages” have the rights to the this Genuine Mahogany timber. It is through our reliable and trustworthy supplier in Mexico, who works with every Ejido, that we can ensure the legality of the lumber we source from that region.

Furthermore, SEMARNAT is the Mexican agency that oversees the forest sector.  They make frequent inspections of the logging process to follow up on the responsible harvesting plans that were put into effect 10 year ago. Because of this, a complete inventory of what will be available for timber has been done and the Ejidos know the exact volumes of timber they will have to offer for quite some time to come.

Our available Genuine Mahogany lumber products range in thicknesses from 4/4 through 16/4.  We separate it for Select/Better and Pattern grade regularly.  We also cater to any special requirements for sorts that our customers may have as well, (including figure).

jesper bach mexico genuine mahoganyGenuine Mahogany is still arriving into the United States from areas that could be considered suspect.  That’s why it is important that you ask your suppliers, “where is your Genuine Mahogany sourced from?” If you are looking for a new reputable supplier, give us a call.  We would be glad to help.

Jesper Bach
Baillie Lumber Co.
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