Afro-Colombian carriers lift a rough sawn timber during wood transportation in the port of Turbo, Colombia. Afro-Colombian carriers lift a rough sawn timber during wood transportation in the port of Turbo, Colombia.
Afro-Colombian carriers load a rough sawn timber onto a truck during wood transportation in the port of Quibdó, Colombia. Afro-Colombian carriers load a rough sawn timber onto a truck during wood transportation in the port of Quibdó, Colombia.
Afro-Colombian workers carry a rough sawn timber during wood transportation in the port of Turbo, Colombia. Afro-Colombian workers carry a rough sawn timber during wood transportation in the port of Turbo, Colombia.
Afro-Colombian log drivers stand on a raft of rough sawn timbers floating in the water during wood transportation in the port of Turbo, Colombia. Afro-Colombian log drivers stand on a raft of rough sawn timbers floating in the water during wood transportation in the port of Turbo, Colombia.
An Afro-Colombian carrier loads rough sawn boards onto a truck during wood transportation in the port of Quibdó, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian carrier loads rough sawn boards onto a truck during wood transportation in the port of Quibdó, Colombia.
An Afro-Colombian carrier balances on rough sawn timbers floating in the water during wood transportation in the port of Turbo, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian carrier balances on rough sawn timbers floating in the water during wood transportation in the port of Turbo, Colombia.
An Afro-Colombian wood reseller holds banknotes while selling rough sawn timbers in the port of Turbo, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian wood reseller holds banknotes while selling rough sawn timbers in the port of Turbo, Colombia.

Rainforest wood transportation

Chocó, Colombia – October - December 2019

Afro-Colombian dockworkers (coteros) carry rough sawn timbers during wood transportation in the ports of the Pacific region in Colombia. Tropical hardwood is extracted from the Pacific rainforest, driven down the Atrato river to the sawmills and then sold in the ports to wood merchants. Low quality wood is transported throughout the country, used mainly for construction purposes, while the fine woods (choiba, mahogany etc.) is exported exclusively to China.

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