The sale of exotic wood products in US stores could be helping to drive the illegal harvesting of native forest in Papua New Guinea.
The NGO Global Witness has tracked the supply chain of timber from PNG through Chinese factories to American retail shelves in its report, Stained Trade.
Much of the wood is being cut by Malaysian-controlled companies under PNG's controversial Special Agriculture and Business Leases system, through which 12 percent of PNG land was leased out.
The majority of the SABL leases were found by a 2013 commission of inquiry to have been fraudulently obtained without landowner consent.
Global Witness wants more due diligence conducted along the supply chain over how the timber is harvested, and for the PNG government to make good on its promise to cancel SABLs and return land taken illegally back to the communities.
One of the authors of the report Rick Jacobsen spoke to Johnny Blades.