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Allied Timbers treated pole exports have surged by 80 percent on the back of increased supplies into the Zambian market, its chief executive, Dr Joseph Kanyekanye, has said.

In an interview, Dr Kanyekanye said the firm has also started exporting sawn timber into the lucrative market.

“Treated pole exports have certainly improved, with a lot of Zimbabwean companies winning tenders to supply the Zambian market through ZESCO.

“Zambia is very a lucrative market the latest tender that has come out is going to go on for the next two years.

“It is safe to say most of the pole exports are going into Zambia. The margins of increase differ from company to company. Allied Timbers was not exporting to Zambia until last year, so for us it has been an 80 percent increase in treated pole exports.

“We are following that up with sawn timber. We started exporting sawn timbers to Zambia three weeks ago.

“Although we are still in the early stages, I am hoping that the volumes would have gone up substantially by year end. There are also prospects of more poles being exported into Namibia,” he said.

Dr Kanyekanye said the recent surge in exports is expected to translate to improved production on the domestic front by moving most of the country’s timber products into the Zambian market.

He said Allied Timbers is currently moving away from its traditional markets due to the continued depreciation of the rand against the dollar.

“The Zambian and Mozambique markets are now more attractive as compared to our traditional markets due to the recent depreciation of the rand against the dollar.

“We have experienced some challenges with the movement of the kwacha, but that is now under control. Our main competitor is South Africa. However, we have a comparative aantage as we are closer to both markets,” he said.

In a separate interview, Timber Producers Federation chief executive Johnson Mhungu said Zimbabwean timber is in great demand in the region.

“We have witnessed an increase in the exports of treated poles into Zambia, Mozambique, and Tanzania over the past year. The Wattle Company, Border Timbers and Allied Timbers have been front-runners in this development.

“The increase in exports is a clear indication that Zimbabwean timber is on high demand in the region,” he said.

Source : The Herald