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Vietnam: export up, import down in the first half of 2020

Vietnam Administration of Forestry reports earnings of just over US$5 billion from wood product exports in the first half of 2020, up 2.4% year on year. In June alone export earnings topped US$900 million. Imports to Vietnam decreased by 8.5% compared to the first half of 2019. Their value... [more...]

Lower timber export volumes in Central and Western Africa

Timber exports from Cameroon almost halfed (-45%) and around 60% of the countrie's sawmills supposedly stopped operations. The government is preparing a very longed for package of support for the local industry. But even if mills wish to resume operations they will face... [more...]

UK tropical sawn hardwood imports decreased

Importing less than 100,000 cu.m in each of the last two years, the UK is the fifth largest European importer for this commodity (after Belgium, Netherlands, France and Italy). With the UK trade stagnating in May, imports were well down from nearly all the major supply countries by the... [more...]

Germany important log supplier for China in the first half of 2020

According to China Customs data in the first half of 2020 China’s log imports showed a year on year decline of 68% in volume and 70% in value. While New Zealand's log exports to China fell by 70%, the country still held position 1 among the suppliers with 5.25 million... [more...]

Japanese softwood plywood manufacturers continue curtailment program

Major plywood manufacturers in Japan are collaborating to maintain the market by production curtailment and are not planning in lowering the sales prices - what has been the strategy in the past but was only possible by reducing the production cost via overproduction. In the current... [more...]

Germany reports record pellet production in H1/2020

Despite the corona crisis, in the first half of 2020, Germany produced 1.502 million tonnes of wood pellets, thus breaking a new record....... [more...]

Büttner delivers four drum dryers to Highland pellets

Büttner, the energy and drying systems subsidiary of Siempelkamp, will deliver four new drum dryers to the American pellet producer Highland Pellets LLC, AR, Siempelkamp announced....... [more...]

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FURNITURE CHINA 2020 To Offer Digital Sourcing Under The New Normality

With the year 2020 announces its entrance, new revolution overwhelmed the mode that most businesses used to be run upon, physical activities are being transformed into virtual ones, under this new trend, the exhibition industry is showing its resilience towards adversity to fit in this new normality. Travel bans and flights suspensions caused by the pandemic have imposed huge obstacle in foreign trading, thus Digital Trade Show is presented as a new strategy to help exporters and overseas buyers out in this difficult situation, a platform for both parties to communicate online...... [more...]

BC sawmills operating costs slow industry recovery

The British Columbia forest industry was deteriorating prior to the COVID-19 pandemic...... [more...]

Weyerhaeuser announces new sustainability strategy

On Tuesday, July 28th, 2020, Weyerhaeuser Company announced the launching of a new sustainability strategy that draws out the companies aspiring commitments and goals for the next decade and beyond...... [more...]

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French hardwood market under pressure: auctions lack buyers, prices are falling

French hardwood market under pressure: auctions lack buyers, prices are falling

We must face the facts, there are few reasons to rejoice today on the hardwood market. This is the case with crushing where, at the first public sales after Covid-19...... [ more...]

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Myanmar Teak: Scandal or no scandal in Croatian imports?

The NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) suggests, in one of its reports, that a significant amount of teak from Myanmar was imported into the EU via Croatia from 2017 to 2019 without full evidence of legality. 10 loads with a total of 144 t teak worth at least ... [ more...]

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Stimulus of € 700 million for German forests

The Federal Government will offer € 700 million to deal with the damage in the German forest after two years of drought. The sustainable management of forests should be promoted as well as digitalization in forestry...... [ more...]