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Monday, June 24 2019 @ 01:14 PM UTC

ANAM Seized Illegal Cocobolo Logs At Port

Environmental IssuesThe National Environmental Authority (ANAM) reported this afternoon that two containers full of wood of the species known as cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) were discovered and detained in the port of Manzanillo, Colon.

According to Anam, the containers were inspected by technicians from the Forest Department and because they did not carry documentation, such as the guides for ground transportation and for the exportation of timber, they were retained and an investigation was started.

Last Monday they coordinated with the Directorate of Customs Control to verify (inspect) both containers, and confirmed that its content corresponds to the wood species commonly known as cocobolo. Both containers were 40 feet long, and were entirely filled with logs.

The regional administrator of the ANAM in Colon, Noris K Toribio, said they have maintained close coordination with Customs in the province, so that the containers with wood arriving at different ports are reviewed rby Anam to verify that they have the documentation to be issued for the export and transportation of wood according to these permits, in kind, volume and shape.

Currently the Anam has initiated the necessary investigations against those involved in the acquisition, transportation and marketing of this wood, and ordered the retention of both containers.

The cocobolo is an endangered species so its logging is regulated by law and its sale is prohibited. (Prensa)

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