Belize - Forestry

Although Belize is still rich in forest resources, the accessible stands of commercial timber have been depleted. Reforestation and natural regeneration in the pine forest (mainly in Cayo, Stann Creek, and Toledo Districts) and artificial regeneration of fast-growing tropical hardwood species are creating a resurgence in forestry. About 92% of Belize's land area is covered with forests and woodlands. Timber cutting is usually done during the short dry season. Total roundwood production in 2000 was 188,000 cu m (6.64 million cu ft). The principal varieties of trees cut are mahogany, pine, cedar, and rosewood. Exports of forest produce (including chicle) in 1965 amounted to one-third of total exports; in 2000, however, the export value was US $5.6 million.

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Can you export raw timber from Belize or does it need to be made into some product?
Please advise.
Jamon Jones
I have land in Belize which consists of red cedar and mahogany trees . Is there anyone I can contact on how to obtain permits to begin exporting out of the country? Is this even possible? I’ve been told we have thousands of trees that may have some value? Please advise
how much does it cost to export lumber to the US? How much is charged?

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