Guinea Bissau government suspends exports of wood

14 July 2014

The Guinea Bissau government has provisionally suspended exports of wood in order to give priority to exports of cashew nuts, according to a decision from the council of ministers meeting in Bissau.

The decision was announced to the Ministers for the Economy and Finance, Trade and to the secretary of State for Transport and Communications that with immediate effect measures should be taken to give priority to cashew nut exports at the port of Bissau.

Following the decision trucks loaded with wood started leaving the area around the port of Bissau, which was congested with vehicles carrying wood that was preventing exports of cashew nuts, Guinea Bissau’s main export product.

The government’s decision will also allow ships carrying food products for the capital, which had been waiting offshore because of congestion caused by ships carrying wood, to dock.(macauhub/GW)