A state base for storing, processing and trading imported timber has been established in Northeast China’s Liaoning province. Seven enterprises began operations at a furnishing industrial park in Zhuanghe, Dalian on Thursday [18 June 2015]. On the northern Yellow Sea, Zhuanghe is one of 10 national bases handling imported timber, one of eight state-level timber inspection and quarantine fumigation areas and a China-Japan-ROK demonstration base of circular economy…Full Article: China Daily June 2015

Key Point

  • According to the Deputy Chairman of the Chinese Forestry Industry Association, Zhuanghe’s timber sector (processing and imports) is growing thanks in part to China’s ban on commercial logging of natural forests.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In March 2015, China announced it would halt commercial logging of natural forests in key areas by 2020.
  • In April 2014, China banned commercial logging of Heilongjiang’s natural forests in order to protect the environment and encourage sustainable forests. As of 2014, Heilongjiang had 18.5 million hectares of (state-owned) forests.
  • In December 2013, the Dalian Commodity Exchange began trading fiberwood and plywood futures.

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