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New customs rules in Mozambique: Buying and transporting coal without a license banned

Since June 1, the government has banned the purchase and transport of coal without the proper license. If the measure is not complied with, the offender will be arrested and sentenced to between one and five years in prison.

According to an article published this Wednesday, June 5, by the news portal Carta de Moçambique, the information is contained in Law no. 17/2023 of December 29 on Forests and Wildlife, which came into force on June 1.

According to the website, article 77(1) of the law states that anyone who cuts, extracts, fells, transports, acquires, stores, sells and exhibits wood, charcoal and other forest resources without a license or without complying with the established conditions, shall be punished with imprisonment of one to five years and a corresponding fine.

“Until proven otherwise, forest resources are presumed to have been extracted or felled by the person who transports them or is in possession of them,” the law states.

The same article establishes that anyone who commits the crime of disobedience or fails to obey the lawful orders of the forest inspector, sworn inspector or other competent public authority will be punished under the terms of the criminal law in force.

Article 79 also stipulates that those who exploit or process timber forest products with instruments, prohibited means or inappropriate techniques, and those who store forest products in joints, yards, warehouses or yards without observing the legally established conditions, will be punished.

This law prohibits the transfer of rights to exploit forest products without complying with the legally established conditions. It should be noted that Law no. 17/2023 of December 29, which came into force on June 1 and repeals Law no. 10/1999 of July 7, establishes the basic principles and rules on the protection, conservation and sustainable use of forest and wildlife resources.

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