The Chinese government also plans to build 1 billion square meters of “green” buildings between 2011 and 2015, and to ensure that eco-friendly buildings account for 20 percent of all the new urban buildings by 2015. United States-based hardwood exporters are boosting their growth in China’s furniture, decoration and eco-friendly building material markets as the nation pushes to accelerate the pace of its urbanization drive…Full-text article: China Daily June 2013

Key points

  • In 2011, China accounted for 38% of U.S. hardwood (e.g. lumber, veneer, plywood and flooring products) exports, or roughly US$602 million
  • In 1998, China began protecting its forest reserves after being struck by an annual timber shortage of ~60 million cubic meters, meaning the country will be dependent on imports for the next 30 years.
  • Harbin, Heilongjiang province, has developed an extensive wood processing and manufacturing industry, in addition to nation-wide distribution centers

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