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Cameroon: Timber exports to EU down in Q1 2018

APAnews | Cameroon log exports to the European Union (EU) in the first quarter of 2018 amounted to 3,400 metric tonnes of wood, representing a drop of 11 percent, compared to the same period last year.

A document from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) seen by APA said the decline is because the Chinese market is well-liked by Cameroonian lumberjacks.

Since the entry into force of the more stringent voluntary partnership agreements on the sustainable and responsible use of forests, Cameroonian loggers have prioritized exports to the Chinese market, where control conditions are more flexible.

Another reason for the decrease in wood exports to the EU is the increase in the price of timber exports from Cameroon to the international market.

Under the Finance Act 2018, the Cameroonian government increased the tax on the export of logs.

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  1. To further take down the timber export quota, we have to go to the forest and set fire
    on logs that are down already. We know where all this is and so there is no need, to
    chase vehicles and be killed.
    Remember, we read these big stories and see huge amounts on paper and no impact
    on the ground like good roads, aforestation etc etc.
    The current killings, rapings, destructions etc, are the land marks of stopping us from
    benefiting as we are supposed to.
    This story, is not for you the common man.

  2. SC is now a NO-GO-AREA for timber predators from LRC.
    Any predator who does not respect the ban will have himself to blame

  3. Theres nothing called ‘Flexible ‘ …..Cameroon has the right to collect revenue in Duties,Taxes whatever, on its resources .Our wood is of incredible quality and everyone can afford to pay the price, we have few competitors in this domain.