Bulgarian Timber Companies to Block Border Crossing Points to Protest Export Ban

Business | March 23, 2015, Monday // 15:59|  views

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Timber industry representatives are launching protests on March 24 over a 3-month ban on exports of wood in the rough.
The ban has been an obstruction to nearly 800 companies in the sector for two weeks.

Industry representatives will block border crossing points near Svilengrad for 6 hours on Tuesday.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, protests will be staged at the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing point and the Kapitan Petko Voivoda border crossing point.

Border crossing points at Bulgaria’s border with Turkey and Greece will be blocked by tractors and other transportation equipment.

Dimitar Nikolov, representative of a timber exporter, told the forgnews news portal that they were ready to continue protests as long as necessary, adding that they would not stop protecting the interest of their 8000 or so workers.

Nikolov underscored that these companies did not agree with the allegations that they were to blame for illegal logging in Bulgaria, adding that they also called for strict rules in the sphere.

He noted, however, that the export ban constituted a measure that did not restrict illegal logging in any way but was only detrimental to their business.

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Tags: timber industry, exports, border crossing points


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