Zambian government releases impounded Mukula-laden trucks

The Zambian government, claiming victory over the smuggling of Mukula logs, has released 272 impounded trucks. But local traders complain that the export ban on this and other species is killing their livelihood. Lands and Environment Minister Jean Kapata said the trucks were released after it was established that their…

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Zambian government slashes timber export duty by 75%; farmers press for removal of export duty on maize

The Zambian government has cut the excise duty on unprocessed and semi-processed timber by 75%. This emboldened farmers to ask that the 10% export duty on raw maize also be waived. According to the Statutory Instrument (SI) 40 effected on June 2, 2017, unprocessed and semi-processed wood products will now…

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