Mozambique to resume timber export to Russia

21:06, January 20, 2011      

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Mozambique is considering resumption of timber export to Russia, which has shown increasing interest in the trade, local media reported on Thursday.

Mozambique's National Institute of Export Promotion IPEX has received information requests from the Russian authorities in the past three years for possibilities of timber export from Mozambique to Russia.

The Russian authorities have also expressed interest in creating a joint venture with Mozambican businessmen to explore the national forest, in particular anga-panga, umbilla, chanfuta, blackwood and ironwood, according to the newssheet Correio da Manh.

According to IPEX, a branch from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the ex-Soviet republics were a main destination of Mozambican timber in the late 1980s.

Mozambique registers a yearly 50 million U. S. dollars in timber exports to European, Asian and African markets, including Germany, Italy, China, Japan and South Africa.

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