Wooden log exports from Mozambique fall 7 pct in first half

1 August 2012

The amount of wooden logs exported by Mozambique fell 7 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of the year to 330,000 cubic metres, according to figures from the National Directorate for Land and Forests.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Correio da Manhã, the figures from the national directorate also showed that exports of sawn wood and planks had risen 9 percent and 183 percent, respectively, to 87,000 and 296,000 cubic metres.

In the first six months of the year 574 fines were given out for illegal logging, totalling 40.1 million meticals, of which just 19 million meticals have so far been paid.

Mozambican wood is exported to China, South Africa, Germany, Japan, France, Mauritius, Malaysia, Thailand, Tanzania, Portugal, Israel, Vietnam, Singapore, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Croatia, Namibia, Dubai, India, Pakistan, the United States, Reunion Islands, and Italy. (macauhub)