Forest Products Development & Marketing Council


  1. Obtain necessary permits and licenses: To export timber products from Guyana, you’ll need to obtain a Timber Sales Agreement and a Forest Produce License from the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC). These licenses authorize the harvesting and export of timber products from Guyana.
  2. Ensure compliance with destination country regulations: Different Caribbean countries have their own regulations for importing timber products, so it’s important to research and comply with the requirements of the specific country you plan to export to. This may include obtaining permits, certifications, or other documentation.
  3. Obtain an Export Declaration: You’ll need to obtain an Export Declaration from the GFC, which is required for all exports of timber products from Guyana.
  4. Choose a shipping method: There are several options for shipping timber products from Guyana to the Caribbean, including air freight and sea freight. You’ll need to choose a method that is appropriate for the volume of timber products you’re exporting and the timeline for delivery.
  5. Arrange for transportation and insurance: Once you’ve chosen a shipping method, you’ll need to arrange for transportation and insurance for your timber products. This may involve working with a freight forwarder or shipping agent.
  6. Ensure compliance with destination country customs regulations: When your timber products arrive in the destination country, they will need to clear customs. You’ll need to ensure that your timber products comply with the customs regulations of the destination country and that you have all the necessary documentation.
  7. Pay any applicable fees: Depending on the shipping method and other factors, you may need to pay fees for transportation, customs clearance, and other services.

Exporting timber products from Guyana to the Caribbean involves navigating several regulations and requirements. The FPDMC advises interested persons to work with experienced professionals to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.