The export value of United States hardwood to China jumped 34 percent year-on-year in 2014 as the country increased its demand for more sustainably sourced materials for its urbanization program and for environmental projects. The value of US hardwood products sold into China reached $1.53 billion last year [2014], according to data from the foreign agricultural service of the US Department of Agriculture. The most popular timber was red oak, tulipwood and ash, mainly for furniture, veneers, flooring, and decorative plywoods. The market now accounts for 42.6 percent of total export volume of US hardwoods, by far the world’s largest single customer…Full Article: China Daily June 2015

Key Point

  • The cities of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Beijing have traditionally been the largest market of US wood. However, the cities of Chongqing, Chengdu (Sichuan province), and Wuhan (Hubei province) have emerged as growth markets.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In September 2013, China lifted its ban on hardwood logs from Virginia and South Carolina, USA. Softwoods (e.g. Pine and other) were still banned due the risks associated with pinewood nematode.
  • In 2011, China accounted for 38% (~US$602 million) of US hardwood exports

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