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Profiles of Gabon, Vietnam and Central African Republic uploaded

15 April 2016

The most recent uploads on ETTF’s Timber Trade Portal are the ones of Gabon, Viet Nam and the Central African Republic. All published profiles have been reviewed by at least one expert party, such as local forestry officials. Visitors of the website are also invited to add information or share their experiences, using the review button in the country profiles.

Vietnam is primarily known as a manufacturer of furniture and other high end products, mainly manufactured from imported timber. Almost all timber from Vietnamese forests is harvested from plantations, except for two FSC-certified forest areas where commercial harvesting from natural forests is allowed, following a special decree from the Vietnamese government.

In Gabon exploitation of the species Bubinga, also known as Kevazingo, has recently been suspended by the Ministry of Environment. Further export restrictions for sawn timber of several species are expected shortly and will be published on the Timber Trade Portal. 

The timber industry of the Central African Republic relies primarily on the export of logs, although other primary timber products are exported as well. Commercially important species, such as Sapelli, Ayous, Aniegré, Sipo and Iroko are among the primary species from the CAR.

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