The Tai Family from Hong Kong have been involved in selling Western Australian sandalwood to China for many generations and still remain selling Western Australian sandalwood through Jimmy Tai. This goes back to the late 1800′s.
The Department of Plants and Wildlife (DPAW) and the Western Australian Police have made a huge seizure of illegally harvested Western Australian sandalwood. They value the seized 200 tonne of sandalwood at $1.5 million. A 52 year old Baldivis man has been charged on 5 counts of receiving stolen goods with more enquires are continuing.
Sandalwood is an aromatic timber that has been used for thousands of years ranging from incense for religious ceremonies agarbatti, perfume and cosmetics, medicinal treatments, aromatherapy, insect repellency, furniture and carvings, and chewing tobacco.