Six forest warehouses will be built in Angola to receive the country’s entire timber production, both from concessions and semi-industrial units, said André Moda, Secretary of State for Forest Resources.
“After the construction and start-up of the warehouses, no forest product intended for external sale may leave without first passing through one of these structures, for inspection and certification purposes by the Forestry Development Institute, General Tax Administration, Commerce and Fiscal Police,” he said.
The six warehouses will be built in Catete (Luanda) and Caxito (Bengo), which are a priority because of their proximity to the port of Luanda, in Luena (Moxico), Menongue (Kwando Kubango) and in the cities of Cabinda and Benguela.
The new legislation for the timber sector sets out that for export operations, a letter of credit or proof of transfer issued by a bank abroad in favor of the exporter’s account must be presented at a bank domiciled in Angola.
During the ceremony to launch the 2018 Forestry Campaign, National Forestry Director Domingos Nazaré da Cruz Veloso told the Angop news agency that fewer than 200 loggers would be licensed this year to explore 288,000 cubic metres, an additional 8,000 cubic metres compared with 2017, but 130 fewer concession holders. (macauhub)