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Feb 7, 2013

Rosewood still being cut during moratorium

As for the rosewood at the western border and the two containers stored and confiscated at Belize Engineering Limited adjacent to the customs compound in Belize City, the Chief Forestry officer says the D.P.P. is looking into the matter.


Wilbur Sabido, Chief Forest Officer

“The other situation is the one that is more known which was about a month or so ago where we got reports that there were two containers in Belize Engineering yard that had rosewood in it. We contacted police, we contacted customs, BAHA all the law enforcement agencies and it was so.

Wilbur Sabido

We actually had a twenty foot container and a forty foot container the we took to our compound and when we offloaded it was a total of about fifteen thousand board feet of rosewood that we were able to document. That particular exporter goes by the name of Kambo King. The two persons that are registered or that registered that particular company; I can only recall the name of one it’s a Perrera however we have had dealings with that company before; they had exported rosewood legitimately. In this particular instance we have only manage to make contact through the broker, Mr. Raul Cawich. So it’s through him with the D.P.P. we are working to see how we can make contact with the actual owner of the material.  Ok that particular situation is out of our hands at this point. In the sense that customs; it still under customs guard, under customs custody  simply because customs gives a time period for the owner of the material to present legitimate documents and if within a particular period of time they cannot present such documents then the controller of customs can then move to seize the property.  So at this point the Forest Department can’t assume that responsibility until that is done from the customs end; but also at the same time because we suspect that the material is of Guatemalan origin, we also contacted the Guatemalan authorities and they are very much concerned about it that there is a container of rosewood of Guatemalan origin ending up in the customs area.”


According to Alamilla, the amount of confiscated rosewood is increasing and the Ministry is yet to determine what will be done with the flitches. 

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1 Response for “Rosewood still being cut during moratorium”

  1. Storm says:

    It’s a crime, so it demands a criminal investigation. Keep the eyes of the public on this one and bring everyone involved to the bar of justice.

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