Myanma Timber Enterprise profile

ITTO's Tropical Timber Market Report
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The Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) reports that there are some 91 state-owned sawmills in Myanmar. Ten of these mills are producing for export. In addition to the state-owned mills there are over 450 small and medium sized sawmills and around 1,200 reprocessing mills. The SMEs are privately owned wood processing plants and mainly produce furniture and other semi-finished products.

In addition, the MTE reports that it has six plywood mills and several furniture and moulding plants for the production of wood products for export. While there are some modern mills in the country the MTE points out that many mills need re-tooling with more advanced processing equipment. As a result, says the MTE, the current milling capacity is well below the annual allowable harvest which means there are logs available for export.

Myanmar Teak Log Auction Prices (natural forest logs)
Purchases were made by competitive bidding in September 2011.

Myanmar Teak Log Auction Prices (natural forest logs)
Teak Logs, FOB € Avg per Hoppus Ton
(traded volume)
Veneer Quality
Sep Oct
2nd Quality nil nil
3rd Quality nil nil
4th Quality 4,503
(10 tons)
(11 tons)
Sawing Quality
Grade 1 (SG-1) 3,186
(33 tons)
(15 tons)
Grade 2 (SG-2) 2,879
(44 tons)
(209 tons)
Grade 4 (SG-4) 2,092
(216 tons)
(216 tons)
Grade 5 (SG-5) Assorted 1,554
(133 tons)
(219 tons)
Grade 6 (SG-6) Domestic 1,382
(110 tons)
(59 tons)
Grade 7 (ER-1) 1090
(34 tons)
(40 tons)
Grade 7 (ER-1) 975
(40 tons)
(30 tons)

Hoppus ton=1.8m³; All grades, except SG-3/5/6, are length 8' x girth 5' &up. SG-3/4/6 are girth 4' &up. SG-3 grade is higher than SG-4 but with lower girth and price.
Prices differ due to quality or girth at the time of the transaction.

September hardwood log prices
Hardwood log prices FOB per hoppus ton Euro per m3
Pyinkado export quality
(201 tons)
Gurjan export quality
(241 tons)
Padauk export quality   
(31 tons)
Prices are in Euro per hoppus ton FOB (Hoppus ton equivalent to 1.83 cu.m)

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