ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Jan 2010In January 2010, the government of Sierra Leone announced an altered export prohibition.
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Press Release from the office of the President of Sierra Leone, REF: OP/DF 251/300/01
Sesay, M. 2010. 'Sierra Leone: Logging Exports banned.' AllAfrica.com. 9 January. http://allafrica.com/stories/201001090030.html
In a press release by the office of the president, a ban has been imposed on the transport and export of logs. This is in a bid to crackdown on illegal logging in the country. The press release numbered REF:OP/DF 251/300/01 said 'such unsustainable logging if left unchecked would seriously reduce the country's forest cover with wider implications for global warming, rainfall patterns, loss of biodiversity and other environmental damage.' It was also noted that trucks carrying logs damaged feeder roads and rural bridges because of the heavy loads.
During the period of the ban, the government will discuss with licensed logging companies modalities for proper conservation of the forests, reafforestation programmes and corporate social responsibility of the companies.
In the year prior to the stated measure, no single trading partner has more than the GTA minimum threshold of USD 1 million worth of trade on the affected tariff line.