China’s total forestry output is expected to exceed 7 trillion RMB ($1.06 trillion) in 2017, according to Chinese newspaper Economic Daily. China has become the fastest-growing and most influential country in forest products manufacturing, trading, and consumption, said Zhang Jianlong, director of the State Forestry Administration (SFA), at a forum on forestry development on Dec.
While exploratory talks on a Canada-China free-trade deal are set to resume next week, the Canadian Cabinet minister in charge of the trade file will be in China hoping to expand demand for a key Canadian export. Currently, the largest market for Canadian softwood lumber is the United States. But Canada and the U.S. have
Runaway Chinese demand for luxury furniture is spurring illegal logging across Southeast Asia, stripping the region of precious Siamese rosewood [Dalbergia cochinchinensis] and driving a chain of cross-border corruption and violence, environmentalists said Monday [12 May 2014]. Increasing wealth in China has seen a surge in sales of consumer status symbols such as reproductions of
The Chinese government has lifted its trade ban on hardwood logs exported from Virginia and South Carolina, the Virginia Port Authority announced recently. The lifting of the ban takes effect on Sunday [15 September 2013]…Full-text article: PilotOnline.com Sep 2013 Key point Pine and other softwoods are still banned due the risks associated with pinewood nematode.
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
After muted gains in the second half in 2012, log prices in the Pacific Northwest are climbing back to pre-recession levels. Forest2Market projects that they will gain additional ground in 1Q2013, the result of the ongoing recovery taking place in both domestic and export markets. “Asian appetite for Northwest forest products strengthened in the second
China’s import of soft-wood lumber from British Columbia is down this year but demand should begin to accelerate by the end of 2013 as the world’s most populated country continues to build millions of homes to accommodate massive urbanization, an industry analyst said Wednesday. B.C. exported 5.4 million cubic meters of softwood lumber during the
Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska increased about 9% in the third quarter of 2012, totaling 412 million board feet, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. At the same time, lumber exports decreased about 8% to 186 million board feet, compared to the second quarter of this year.