Sarawak has urged the EU to tackle holes in its action plan aimed at fighting the illegal timber trade.

The Malaysian state wants timber-trading countries included in the action plan, otherwise it fears illegally procured forest products may be diverted for re-export.

  A Sarawak Forestry Corporation spokesperson said the EU plan contained ambiguities in its approach, methodology and standards of applications.

State government officials and representatives from the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation recently discussed the issue with a visiting EU delegation.