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  • 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...]

  • October 23, 2014 17:10

    EU tropical hardwood veneer imports up 8%

    EU veneer market has shown signs of recovery this year. EU imports of tropical hardwood veneer were 138,400 m3 in the first six months of 2014, 8% more than the same period last year. This year there has been particularly strong growth in EU veneer imports from Ivory Coast (+29% to 36,500 m3) and the Congo Republic (+37% to 8,600 m3). EU imports of tropical hardwood veneer from the Gabon, still the largest single supplier, were up 2.1% at 61,700 m3 in the first six months of 2014. This is despite the temporary imposition of a 7% import duty on EU veneer imports from Gabon on 1 January 2014 following a change in the country's GSP status... [more...]

  • October 23, 2014 15:22

    Booming German pine lumber exports to Egypt

    In the first seven months of the year, German exports of sawn pine lumber have further increased. Year-on-year exports are +21% above the levels of last year. Particularly, shipments to Egypt and China, the first two main destinations, grew significantly by +709% and 30%... [more...]

  • October 23, 2014 13:38

    US furniture trade accelerating

    US year-to-date furniture shipments were 4% higher in the first half of 2014 compared to 2013. Almost 70% percent of companies reported higher year-to-date shipments in June. Inventory levels at distributors and manufacturers increased more than orders and shipments... [more...]

  • October 23, 2014 12:16

    Austria: Pellet price rises in October, but is still lower compared to last year

    In October, the average price of wood pellets in Austria currently stands at... [more...]

  • October 22, 2014 16:16

    Wood pellets exports from North America to Europe plateaued during the 1H/2014

    Pellet shipments from the US and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions in 2014, with the shipments from the US South being up ten percent from the 4Q/13 to the 2Q/14, and Canadian volumes declining 25% during the same period. The new expanding markets for pellet producers in Western Canada have instead been Japan and South Korea... [more...]

  • October 22, 2014 13:26

    Sweden: Sawlog prices fall in the third quarter

    Prices of sawlogs in Sweden (delivery timber) decreased by -6 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the prior quarter... [more...]

  • October 22, 2014 11:00

    Mixed price movements for Finnish logs in September

    In September, softwood log prices in Finland registered some interesting movements. Spruce logs price continued the recovery started in May and reached an average of €58.43 per cbm, close to the level of September 2013. Birch logs recorded a surprising... [more...]

  • October 22, 2014 08:52

    Forecast: Finnish forest industry’s export revenues will rise

    Weak economic growth will slow down the growth of Finnish forest industry’s exports this and next year. Despite this, the export revenues of all forestry products except for paper exports will rise. As a result of several investments the production capacities of pulp, paper board and sawmilling industries will increase next year... [more...]