Gabon introduces restrictions on air dried sawnwood export

Gabon will restrict export of air dried sawnwoo. Species that fall under the new regulations will be issued in a list by mid-April.

Reports say that okoume will be included in the new regulation. For export, 60% must be kiln dried while the remaning may be air dried. It is also understood that ozingo has been removed from the list of timbers that can be traded but the felling ban on douka and kevazingo (bubinga) remains.

It appears the government intends to propose kevazingo for CITES listing. Cameroon continues to enforce the ban on felling and processing of bubinga.

Source: ITTO