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Authorities have seized 75 containers of illegal timber on their way to the city of Beira in central Mozambique, an official source has revealed.
Domingos Cuinda, head of inspection of provincial forestry and wildlife services, told Radio Mozambique that the wood, which was being transported on 15 trucks, was seized during an inspection at Dondo police station.
The product was allegedly in the possession of a local company which was no longer licensed for the activity, and the drivers, three of whom absconded from the scene, did not have the documents required for transporting the wood.
The wood seized totals 2,080 cubic metres and its value is estimated at 93 million meticais (EUR 1.2 million). The seized wood will revert to the state.
This operation follows another on Thursday, when Mozambican authorities seized 26 containers of contraband wood which had been transported by rail from the provincial capital of Tete, in the interior of the country, to the port of Beira. The government estimates that Mozambique loses between 140 and 187 million Euros in revenue annually to timber smuggling.Source: Lusa / TVM
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