Mozambique: Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province sees exports fall in 2007

30 June 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 June – Exports from Mozambican province Cabo Delgado totalled US$20.33 million in 2007, according to a report in newspaper Notícias, citing the Provincial Industry and Commerce Directorate (DPIC).

However, the value of exports in 2007 represents a fall of almost US$4 million as compared with the US$24 million posted in 2006 and substantially less than the US$70 million of 2005.

The fall was the result of a ban on exporting looks of certain types of wood, imposed by the government in order for focus to shift to exporting products of greater added value.

Cotton fibre, a product exported by a company called Plexus, was the product to bring in most revenue, totalling over US$10 million in 2007, which was followed by sawn wood, which accounted for US$3.344 million.

Processed cashew nuts, which in the period were exported to South Africa, Germany, Japan and the United States, posted revenue of US$1.5 million, whilst unprocessed cashews accounted for just US$197,000.

Exports of wooden logs in the period accounted for around US$2 million in revenue, followed by cotton seed which posted revenues of US$923,000. (macauhub)