Do you know where your charcoal comes from?
Dania Mousa, head of media engagement at FSC, in an emailed statement explained that Dancoal’s certificate was reinstated after the company demonstrated that it had dealt with all non-compliant FSC products in its supply chain and committed to purchasing charcoal only from FSC and legal sources: “Dancoal has been monitored for a year, and FSC continues to monitor the charcoal markets in Europe. “
Polish imports of Nigerian charcoal, however, continue – worth $ 11.5 million in 2019, according to UN Comtrade. Europe is still one of the biggest destinations for Nigeria’s illegal charcoal and also serves as a conduit to other continents. Nigerian charcoal is certainly burned in the United States, for example, without being labeled as such.
A company called Bluecamp, registered in Georgia, received nearly 18,000 kg of charcoal shipped from Antwerp, Belgium, to Savannah in April 2019, according to the bill of lading obtained from Panjiva. Charcoal was originally supplied by a Nigeria-based company, Primewaters Trading and Logistics, of Lagos. The two companies had made similar transactions a year earlier with the bill of lading for Algeciras, Spain. Abayomi Iwajomo, CEO of the company according to to his LinkedIn profile and to several business directories, declined to comment on the transactions.
Likewise, when a 20,000 kg shipment of Nigerian charcoal was received at a port in southern Houston in August 2018, the bill of lading indicated the point of origin as Antwerp. The charcoal was supplied by Phoenix Import and Export, a Nigerian freight forwarder, to MBA Multiservice, a company based in Houston. Algeciras, Spain was the listed port of embarkation for 20,000 kg of Nigerian charcoal supplied in July 2018 to JNK Investment, a New Jersey-based company, by Leerad West, a Nigerian company.