China is biggest consumer of timber from Mozambique

8 January 2013

China is the biggest consumer of timber from Mozambique accounting for 85 percent of the 430,000 cubic metres of logs to leave the African country between 2000 and 2010, according to a study from the Mozambican Environmental Research Agency.

The study, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias also said that the value of wood exports to China in the period had risen from US$8 million to US$100 million between 2001 and 2010.

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.

Meanwhile log production in Mozambique in 2013 is expected to total 275,000 tons, or a rise of 12.5 percent against total production of 245,000 tons seen in 2012, the newspaper said citing a government source.

The source said that the silvi-culture and forestry sub-sector had posted growth of 3.8 percent, which was the result of a higher number of forestry concessions and increased capacity of existing and new processing units.

The rise is also due to the effect of reclassifying some species of wood to first class (which has happened in the last few years), which are not allowed to be exported as logs, thus requiring that operators process these types of wood locally.  (macauhub)