Tanzania: More on the illegal log trade

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Corrupt forestry officers are responsible for loss of over 250m/- per
month owing to illegal harvest of forest products, threatening the
survival of the nation`s commercially valuable forests. Logging
without documentation or in unauthorised areas and the use of invalid
export documentation are some of the methods used to carry out the
illegal business The Guardian on Sunday has learnt. Deputy Minister
for Tourism and Natural Resources Ezekiel Maige said this week that
unscrupulous dealers bribe forestry officers who allow the former to
do the illicit business.

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Elaborating, he said the government seized forest products worth 67m/-
between 15 and 24 January this year in connection with illegal harvest
in various parts of country. Maige said patrol units along Mkuranga
and Rufiji coastline impounded nine boats that were carrying 2, 468
pieces of wood, 1,800 mangrove poles and 285 sacks of charcoal, all
worth 34.7m/-,while 709 pieces of wood worth 8.8m/-were impounded in
the southern zone. In another incident, a train wagon BVB 8588, was
found in Dar es Salaam packed with 39 door shutters, valued at 2m/-,
71 pieces of wood of various sizes valued at 0.85 m/- and door frames
worth 145,00/-.

At Keko officials impounded a commuter bus plying
between Kisarawe and Dar es Salaam with registration number, T483 EAT,
in which some 127 pieces of wood worth 0.94 m/- were found. Tanzania`s
timber exports have grown by 1,400 percent in value since 1997.
Concerns over deforestation led the government to ban the export of
logs in July 2004. According to Maige, illegally obtained the forest
products are hidden under sacks of cassava, maize or cotton when being
transported in vehicles. “These traders avoid forest officials at
transit points where passenger buses and box body vehicles are
checked, mostly during the night,“ he said.

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asset tradingJuly 28th, 2009 at 11:17 am

This is really a great article about the illegal trade logging.yes you are very right that this is happening just because of the involvement of officers which leads great loss to the country.asset trading

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