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Govt. re-imposes ban on re-export of wood

Oct 1, 2012, 10:49 AM

The government of The Gambia has decided to re-impose the ban on the re-export of wood from The Gambia indefinitely.

A press release from the Office of the President, read on GRTS, said the ban is being imposed primarily because re-exporters deliberately continue to cut down fresh trees contrary to the conditions and guidelines set by the government.

It noted that there is ample evidence that re-exporters consistently continue to flout the rules of engagement.

“As a result of this, government had decided that, from now on, no logs should be transported either by road or by sea, except for logs already at the ports ready for shipment.

“The Inspector General of Police, the Department of Forestry and the Commander Operation Bulldozer are hereby empowered to impound any vehicle that contravenes this ban,” the release added.

The release went on to urge the general public to cooperate with government, and to comply with this ban on the re-export of wood from the country.