According to Vietfores, out of 18 countries supplying sawlogs to Vietnam from Africa, only four countries have an import turnover of more than $ 5 million / country / year, including Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo and Congo. Congo.So with the volume of logs, the volume of sawn timber imported to Africa from Africa is only about 1/4 with more than 132 thousand m3. Although the volume of imports increased but still much lower than the logs imported from this market.
At present, wood materials imported from Africa mainly serve the domestic market, especially ironwood, peach, etc., others (red, red, incense) are processed into Semi-finished products for export to China.
Import of African wood material, which is safe for the wood industry of Vietnam?
In countries in Africa, five countries signed the VPA Voluntary Partnership Agreement within the framework of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Program with the EU. In these countries, Cameroon and Ghana are the two countries with the largest supply of timber to Vietnam. These countries are establishing a system to ensure the legality of raw material wood. In the future, when this system is put into operation, timber imported into Vietnam from these sources will meet the requirements of the FLEGT VPA on the legality of the raw material source.
On the other hand, Vietfores also said that importing raw materials from Africa could be subject to legal risks. Because, some countries like Liberia have the source of timber harvested to finance the activities of rebels against the government. In other countries, such as Congo and Mozambique, illegal logging is still occurring on a large scale and frequency. Accordingly, Vietnam’s imports of wood from these sources also face legal risks.
Mr. Ngo Ton Quyen, Vice President of Vietfores, said: “In order to avoid the negative impacts and reduce the risk of raw materials, enterprises need to proactively access information sources not only on policies, Changes in the resource management policy in the timber supply countries, including information directly related to the import species. In Africa and wood associations play a very important role in collecting information related to imported wood and providing it to importers, which directly contributes to reducing the risk to the business. This is part of maintaining and developing sustainable timber trade between Vietnam and other African countries in the future. “