Mozambique plans to ban export of timber logs

24 November 2016

Mozambique’s parliament on Wednesday approved in general and unanimously, the bill that creates conditions for a ban on the export of timber logs of all kinds, according to the Mozambican press.

The proposed government bill amending the law passed by the National Assembly in 2010 has implemented a surcharge for all exports of unprocessed or semi-processed, times, Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias reported.

The Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celso Correia, who presented the proposal, acknowledged that the 2010 law failed to achieve any of its goals, and that Mozambique continued to record high timber log exports and weak intervention in the national processing industry.

The 7/2010 law allowed the export of timber logs of some species of tree, an exception that was exploited by exporters who declared all timber logs were of the species not covered by the ban.

The most important article in the draft bill now presented merely repeals the 2010 law clause that allowed the export of wooden logs.

The amendment to the law, the minister said, will allow the government to change the 2002 Rules of the Forestry and Wildlife Law, which also allowed the export of timber of second, third and fourth class logs of precious species, obtained through a simple license or forest concession.

Correia stressed that the new law aims to create conditions for a total ban on timber log exports of all kinds and ensure the industrialisation of the forestry sector, encourage the export of higher value-added products (finished and semi-finished) and create more jobs in the forestry sector. (macauhub)