From 19 to 20 April 2018, the Port Authority of Kribi (PAK) hosted a seminar on developing traffic and the wood sector in its premises at Mboro. The seminar was presided over by the Senior Divisional Officer of the Ocean Division, Mr Antoine BISSAGA. Attendance included local administrative authorities, the Managing director of the PAK, the representative of the Managing Director of Customs, the representative of the Managing Director of the One-Stop Shop for Foreign Trade transactions, the representative of the Managing Director of Société Générale de Surveillance, representatives of port stakeholders (ship owners, stevedores, consignees, licensed customs brokers), as well as economic operators of the wood sector, employers’ bodies and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry , Mining and Craft.
As an extension of servicing the Port of Kribi and in line with the implementation of the support strategy of growth sectors towards the new port of Kribi, the seminar aimed at the following:
- Identifying all the stakeholders of the wood sector as per the PADUC model
- Communicating on the potential of the wood sector in Cameroon, in terms on trends and prospects
- Identifying the expectations of stakeholders of the wood sector in connection with the use of infrastructures of the Port of Kribi and its extensions
- Drafting characteristics sheets for wood transport and handling and subsequent operational risks
- Identifying hurdles pertaining to the timber export environment
- Assessing logistics real estate needs
- Assessing the volume available and seasonal parameters
- Resizing the space allocated to temporary storage of wood
- Reviewing customs and administrative export procedures
- Presenting what the PAK has to offer to the wood sector (stop-over, wood passage in the port, storage, handling, log scaling, etc.)
- Assessing human resource needs and their qualifications
- Presenting administrative procedures as per packaging type.
The following outcomes were expected at the end of this seminar on developing traffic and the wood sector in the Port of Kribi:
- Harness the potential of the wood sector in order to implement the attractiveness project of the Port of Kribi
- Draw up the map of the sector’s stakeholders and expectations in terms of logistics needs
- Determine freight routes
- Strengthen processes of transit through port (logs, cuts, others)
- Refine logistics schemes of support to the development of the wood sector
- Optimize the scheduling of log ship calls.