By Omar Bah
The Government of the Gambia through the ministry of the environment on Sunday announced the lifting of the ban on timber transportation.
“The timber transport which was banned few months ago will temporarily reopen for a period of ten weeks to allow timber dealers to evacuate their timber lots that got stranded in the country, at the time of the closure,” the release from the ministry of environment read.
The statement further urged all those who are affected and concern businesses to apply, for either road re-export permit or movement permit.
“All application should be addressed to the ministry of the environment, GIEPA house not later than Friday 12 May 2017,” the release stated.
The ministry’s statement also reminded the public that the move is only meant to evacuate the stranded timber lots within the country and not to make for any new stocks.
“Anyone caught bringing new stocks in the country during this period will face full force of the law or may have their timbers confiscated,” the release concluded.