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  • October 30, 2014 13:50

    Myanmar: teak prices at latest auctions

    Analysts say the convenient location fot the sale of logs on the 29 September (Yangon area) played a big part in the better prices that were received. Observers report that only part of the stock of logs which could not be shipped before the log export ban were sold at the recent sale... [more...]

  • October 29, 2014 12:04

    U.S. softwood lumber and panel price index

    The debut of September in US brought rising lumber and panel prices, following a strong August. However, prices slumped during the four weeks, and ended at stable or even lower levels compared to the beginning of the month... [more...]

  • October 29, 2014 10:07

    Germany: KVH price falls; hardwood more expensive

    The German wood products price index registered some mixed developments in September. Except lumber and reserve square timber, all sawn timber assortments lost ground compared to August. The sharpest decline was recorded in KVH price, which had declined both as compared to August, as well as compared to September 2013... [more...]

  • October 28, 2014 12:41

    Germany: Exports of pine planed lumber to the US collapse; those to Egypt boom

    German sawing and planing mills' exports of planed pine lumber went up in the first seven months of 2014. Compared with the reference period last year exports rose by +5% to 209,191 m³. The export value increased by +6%%. Declining shipments to the U.S. continued to become noticeable... [more...]

  • October 28, 2014 10:06

    Japan: Weak yen to drive up cost of imported wood products

    The yen has been rapidly weakening in recent weeks, reaching almost 110 yen per dollar. The reason is expectation of strong dollar by coming higher interest rate in the U.S.A. Weak yen pushes cost of imported products. Wood products market has been suffering from declining demand after the consumption tax increased since last April and this is additional negative news for sluggish housing market... [more...]

  • October 27, 2014 15:33

    Log prices rise in Lithuania

    The upward price trend recorded in Lithuanian softwood log prices which started in July continues in August. Except spruce price, which has stagnated, and small-softwood which has declined, prices for all logs have picked up as compared to the previous month... [more...]

  • October 27, 2014 13:37

    Higher deliveries and prices of German beech logs to China

    German beech log exports to China rose sharply in the first even months of 2014, compared to the reference period last year. Log hunger in China is still at high levels, and explains the high demand for German logs. From January to July, Germany shipped 40% more beech logs to the People's Republic. Backed by an 8% increase in export price, the surge in value is even higher (+52%)... [more...]

  • October 26, 2014 10:49

    U.S.: Softwood and Panel Markets - Week 42, 2014

    Buyers of framing lumber turned more bearish... [more...]

  • October 24, 2014 15:55

    Germany: Oak log exports to China more than double

    The interest of Chinese buyers in oak from Germany remains at a high level. In July 2014, exports to the People's Republic amounted to over 5,000 cbm, the highest level of the year. In total, through July, exports to China grew by a massive 173% and 230%, backed by a 21% increase in export prices... [more...]

  • October 24, 2014 15:06

    Africa: EUTR might trigger negative attitudes towards tropical timber in EU

    Producers report that demand from European buyers remains very quiet with not a hint of the usual autumn up-tick in purchases. Overall, exporters in West Africa are not at all optimistic on prospects for any growth in demand in EU markets. Current demand in northern Europe is heavily concentrated on ayous, sipo and sapele sawnwood. The slow response of some EU members to enforcement of the EUTR is attracting the attention of green activists who seem set to put pressure on authorities to ensure stricter adherence to the regulation. [more...]