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Export Verification of wood and wood products

Efficiency, professionalism and permanent presence make BIVAC RCA a key partner for the Ministry that I represent."
Yves Yalibanda
Program Manager of Forests Hunting and Fishing

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

The Central African Republic wished to implement a program to manage the sustainable harvesting of its forests and natural resources and ensure efficient and accurate collection of export duties on derived wood products. The diversity and scope of the Congo Basin’s ecosystems constitute one of the world’s premier forest resources and are subject to intense economic pressure. Since 2005, the Government has been focusing on strengthening all actions undertaken to promote wood products exports (logs and sawn timber), while enforcing clearly established rules and regulations for the industry, and has sought to bring all forest concessions under durable and responsible management (end 2011).

SOLUTION

Bureau Veritas and its subsidiary BIVAC RCA, working closely with authorities (Ministries of Finance, Commerce, Water and Forests, Hunting and Fishing), have developed a verification program for exported forest products guaranteeing the collection of export duties.

The programme comprises:

1) Inspection, identification and tagging of all logs and sawn wood for export in compliance with international rules
2) Implementation of an accurate and reliable duties collection system for all wood product exports
3) Set-up of an audit trail, from the production location all the way to the port of shipment via the primary border crossings into Cameroon
4) Training local BIVAC RCA inspectors and agents of the administration.

By 2014, all wood from the Central African Republic slated for shipment to the EU must have a license guaranteeing the legality and traceability of exported wood products.

BENEFITS

Since 2005 wood products for export are identified, quantified, inspected and traced from Central African Republic to the point of shipment. At the end of 2011, the state signed onto the Forest Law Enforcement Government and Trade (FLEGT) through voluntary partnership agreements with the European Union. Bureau Veritas and its subsidiary BIVAC RCA have a direct impact on the FLEGT process by: ensuring inspection and traceability of products produced through sustainable development, ensuring recognition in terms of ethics, professionalism and transparency with regard to all actors in the wood industry (public and private sector), and guaranteeing optimized duty collection.

Contact us

GSIT Division – International Trade Department

Phone: + 33 (0)1 55 24 77 52

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Client: Ministry of Plan, Economy and Finance, Budget and International Cooperation, Central African Republic

 


Activity sector: Customs Authority, Forest Management


Client Profile: Authorities responsible for managing rich natural resources of Central African Republic and collecting export duties

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