Issuing of permits to transport harvested timber resumes

Issuing of permits to transport harvested timber resumes
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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) has resumed the issuing of permits for timber transportation in Namibia after operations ceased in March this year.
In a media statement issued on Wednesday, the ministry said during the halt, officials who facilitate timber operations were recalled and no permits were issued for the transporting of Namibian timber.
The statement said the resumption of operations will prioritise the transportation of timber for local supply and processing.
No export permits will be issued for unprocessed timber in accordance with the regulations of the Forest Act 12 of 2001.
The statement noted that the harvesting of new timber remains prohibited and only already existing harvested timber will be transported and processed.
“Both processed and unprocessed timber may be transported from any place of origin to any processing plant or factory in the country. Timber intended for export should be processed into planks that are bigger than five centimetres,” said the statement.
It further noted that all timber to be transported should be loaded on to trucks in the presence of Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism officials and no transportation or export permits will be issued without verification by forestry officials.
“The ministry urges foreign buyers who procured unprocessed timber products to make use of local factories to process the timber into a primary product in full compliance with the law,” the statement said.
The ministry emphasised that the conditions are aimed at promoting sustainable utilisation of timber and forest resources, as well as stimulating local economic growth and employment creation.