Russia wants to start buying wood from Mozambique once again

21 January 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 Jan – The Mozambican government is considering re-launching exports of wood to Russia following interest shown by the Russian authorities, Mozambique’s Institute for Export Promotion (Ipex) said in Maputo.

The institute, headed up by the Ministry for Industry and Trade, also said that over the last three years it had received requests for information from the Russian authorities about the possibility of wood from Mozambique being exported to Russia.

The Russian authorities also showed interest in setting up a partnership with Mozambican businesspeople to explore forestry resources in Mozambique, particularly the panga-panga, umbila, chanfuta, pau-preto and pau-ferro species, according to Ipex, citado by newspaper Correio da Manhã.

At the end of the 1980s the former Soviet republics were one of the biggest destinations for wood from Mozambique, a country which currently exports wood worth US$50 million per year to the European, Asian and African markets. (macauhub)