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Getty (File photo) / The Tanzanian trucks were carrying logs from the DR Congo
Tanzanian officials say they are seeking a diplomatic solution to an incident involving Zambia, where 600 Tanzanian lorries and their drivers have been held for the last two months.
Zambia seized the vehicles on their way back from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they had been to pick up timber.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday said he will not allow his country to be used as a transit for logs, suggesting the Tanzanian lorry drivers violated Zambian regulations on log transportation.
Tanzanian officials are mandating staff at their embassy in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, to take up the matter with relevant officials for a “quick solution”.
The Tanzanian Truck Owners Association (Tatoa) says their members fulfilled all customs and exports procedures to allow them to cross into DR Congo.
Tatao says its members have lost more than $6m (£4.5m) in the two months the trucks and drivers have been in custody.Source: BBC