Mozambican parliament approves proposed law on wood exports

13 May 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 May – The Mozambican parliament has approved general terms of the proposed law regulating the export of top quality timber, which forbids the export of seven kinds of wood without processing, reports the Maputo-based daily Noticias.

The top quality wood types known in Mozambique as chanfuta, jambirre, umbila, pau-ferro (ironwood), mecrusse (cimbirre), tanga-tanga and mondzo cannot be exported without processing, the newspaper indicates.

Although part of the same category, the proposed law specifies that sandalwood, blackwood, ebony, rosewood and the species known as chacato preto and inhamarre may be exported as logs.

The proposed law sets at 20 percent the export fee applied over the initial sale price of the wood. Rates will gradually drop to zero depending on the complexity of the processing.

Finance Minister Michael Chang said the graded fees aimed to ensure that they did not make exports of raw or simply processed timber overly expensive, given that Mozambique does not yet have a sufficient number of industries able to process and transform wood.

The law was put forward after it was verified that demand for raw timber and wood subject to primary processing for export had risen substantially in the last few years. This led to increased exploitation, causing the degradation of productive forests, which could cause environmental imbalances in the medium and long terms. (macauhub)