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5 Feb 2016

Press Release Modern Express no. 4

(The other press releases on the modern Express are available here)


According to the French naval headquarters of the Atlantic Ocean there are 3600 tons of sawn timber on board of the Modern Express. On the other hand, the Ministry of Economy of Gabon (after having consulted with the shipping agent Necotrans in Libreville) claims that there are 4089 tons of sawn timber. Necotrans also has an agency in Le Havre.

The fact that Gabon claimed an international investigation of the matter thorough Interpol encourages France to do likewise on its own territory, particularly because the timber unloaded at Le Havre can reach China on board of container ships of Chinese companies that regularly call at Le Havre.

Based on the entry into force of the European Union’s regulation on timber (2013), Robin des Bois demands that the French Ministry of Ecology verify the legality of timbers already unloaded from the Modern Express in the ports of La Rochelle and Le Havre. Said regulation declares that it is illegal to import timber that was cut without respecting the country of origin’s regulation of timber management. Since 2010 Gabonese regulation prohibits the exportation of logs, particularly okoume logs, as well as since November 2015 all exportation of kevazingo alias bubinga.



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