Republic of Congo Bans Export of Timber in Log Form

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  • The Republic of Congo (also known as has implemented its ban on the export of timber in log form effective 1st January 2023. Congo thus joins Gabon, which has applied this policy since 2010.

The port of Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo no longer exports timber in log form. Exports of timber from Congo are now limited to semi-finished and finished products. The decision taken at the end of last December, which has been in force since 1 January 2023, should, according to the port authorities, enable the Congolese forestry sector and more broadly the industries in the sector to increase their contributions to the gross domestic product (GDP) and thus increase state revenue.

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