Nigeria to stop exporting processed or semi-processed timber in 2019
Release Date: 2018-6-5 Source: Network
The federal government and the Nigerian Tropical Timber Exporters Association (TWEAN) have begun to take action to prevent the export of processed and semi-processed timber. Yesterday, when Lagos revealed this to the Pioneer Group, Joseph Odiase, secretary-general of the Nigerian Tropical Timber Exporters Association (TWEAN), said that the decision to stop the export of such timber was initiated by the organization. , and received the support of the Federal Ministry of the Forestry Department.
Odiasse stated that a three-year ban was imposed on timber exporters to prepare for the final ban on the export of timber from Nigeria.
He explained that the idea behind the suspension of timber exports was to ensure more value-added timber exports.
According to him, this decision was established by a ministerial committee in 2016 by the former Minister of Environment Hajia Amina Mohammed.
He said that the successful ban on timber exports will result in more job opportunities for the wood industry.
“This policy was initiated by the Nigerian Tropical Timber Exporters Association because we want to do business in accordance with the government’s economic policies. We want to do business in accordance with the national economy and the well-being of the Nigerian people. If we continue to export processing and semi-processed Wood, we will continue to lose the value of fully processed wood.”
Odiassai said: “The Nigerian Tropical Timber Exporters Association has asked the government to allow an extension of three years, allowing exporters to play a role by introducing more wood processing equipment.” He pointed out that China has established more wood in the region. The factory, starting next year, only finished wood products can be exported.
Audu Ochuma, deputy auditor general of customs for export at the Tin-Can Island port in Lagos, confirmed the progress. He said that the agency has been ordered to stop export processing or semi-processed timber early next year (2019)