Border Timbers Limited was incorporated in 1979 through an amalgamation of three companies namely Border Eastern Forest Estates, Renfee Timbers (Pvt) Limited and Forestry Management Services. Forestry Management Services had taken over plantations that were first established in Imbeza by the British South African Police Company (BSAP Co) in 1924.The BSAP Company increased plantings substantially in 1946 after the Second World War to include the Chimanimani area. Since 1979 the Border Timbers Limited has grown the plantation size to the current +/-48000 hectares. Border Timbers is a subsidiary of the the Rift Valley Corporation and is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.
The company has two divisions which are the Forestry and Sawmilling divisions. The forestry division manages a total of five estates .Tilbury; Charter and Sawerombe are in Chimanimani area to the south of Mutare town while Imbeza and Sheba are to the north in the Pennalonga area. Logs harvested by the division are processed at the three sawmills namely, Charter, Tilbury and Sheba. The first sawmill was established at Charter in 1953 and today it is one of the largest and most modern sawmills in Southern Africa. The sawmilling division has capacity to process 300 000m3 of saw logs annually. The Nyakamete Pole Treatment plant produces different types of treated poles which are sold on the local as well as the export market.