First forestry warehouse begins to be built in Angola

18 September 2018

The first of six warehouses to be built in Angola to monitor timber exploration activities began to be built on Monday in Luena, Moxico province, with the laying of the first stone, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

The ceremony was attended by the State Secretary for Agriculture and Livestock, Carlos Alberto Jaime Pinto, who, without giving details of costs and the timing of the work, said that the construction of the warehouse would benefit the province and the country in general, due to the greater control in the exploration and sale of the timber.

Last August, the Secretary of State for Forest Resources, André Moda, announced the construction of six forest products warehouses to receive the entire national timber production, both from concessions and semi-industrial units.

“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. (macauhub)