Another Covid-19 lockdown in Gabon affects forestry production

By | 2021-04-29T07:59:52+00:00 April 29th, 2021|

The government in Gabon has announced another 45-day lockdown as there has been a rise in the number of Covid-19 infections.

Another Covid-19 lockdown in Gabon has caused a delay in the transport of timber. Photo by jbdodane | Flickr

Another Covid-19 lockdown in Gabon has caused a delay in the transport of timber. Photo by jbdodane | Flickr

Truck drivers delivering timber to the port have to be tested every seven days at a cost of CFA30,000 per test. The test and result take two days, which now means drivers cannot make two runs every week.

One possible solution proposed by drivers is that the limit on night-time trucking be eased.

In other news from Gabon, a review of export duties on wood products has been under review since last year. Industry sources say there are proposals for an increase and instead of the amount being determined from the declared export price it could be based on a product price determined by the government.

Industrial action that began with Ministry of Forest staff has now apparently spilled over to the Finance Ministry.