China’s Forestry Output Forecasted to Top USD 1 Trillion in 2017

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.

Chinese Demand for Siamese Rosewood Drives Illegal Logging in Mekong Region

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

China Approves Hardwood Imports from Virginia and South Carolina

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.

China Looks to Hardwood Imports to Realize Construction of “Green” Buildings

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

British Columbia Optimistic Chinese Imports of Soft-Wood Lumber to Increase in 2013

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

China Retains Dominant Position as Largest Importer of West Coast (U.S.) Logs

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.