Illegal Export of Logs Prevented

Mozambican authorities have uncovered logs that were ready to be illegally shipped to China. From Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique:

According to a statement from the Tax Authority, the customs services in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, seized the logs in the small port of Mocimboa da Praia. They filled 52 containers, and were owned by a company called TM International.

All the logs were ironwood, one of Mozambique’s best known species of precious hardwoods.

The export of unprocessed hardwoods is illegal, but it continues with the connivance of corrupt forest wardens and staff in the ports. In most of the cases that have been uncovered the destination of these illegal cargos is China.

Read more about illegal logging to feed China’s economic boom, via CDT, here, here and here.

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