Two domestic newspapers, the Myanmar Times and the Voice Newspaper both recently carried news that plantation log exports may be allowed in the future quoting U Tin Tun, Director of the Forest Department.
He said earlier this year the government discussed the idea of allowing private investors in plantations to export logs as an incentive.
Both local newspapers say the Forest Department has submitted its plan to legalise private planation log exports to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. The Myanmar Forest Department has plantation forests and in 2006 the law provided for private sector investment in tree plantations but there is no indication if and when plantation log exports will be permitted.
According to the news reports, U Tin Lwin, an investor in private plantations explained that there is no domestic market for plantation thinnings so export will be beneficial for the investor and the state. He pointed ot that it is easy to distinguishable between logs from the natural forest and plantation logs and this will facilitate monitoring of exports.