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China: Tariff exemption extended for US hardwood imports

The Customs Tariff Commission of China’s State Council has extended the exclusion period for additional tariffs imposed on certain commodities imported from the US, which was due to end on 16 September 2021...... [more...]

Brazilian wood product exports up 41.4% in August 2021

Total Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) increased by 41.4% in August 2021, yearon-year, to US$413.6 million ...... [more...]

Imports of tropical wood rebound in the UK but lose share in a rising market

The UK imported tropical wood and wood furniture products with a total value of USD760 million in the first seven months of 2021, a 36% increase compared to the same period in 2020...... [more...]

PEFC suspends certification endorsement process for Myanmar

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has suspended the assessment and thus endorsement process of the Myanmar Forest Certification System until further notice...... [more...]

UPM completes sale of Shotton paper mill to Eren Paper

UPM has permanently closed paper production at its Shotton newsprint mill site in North Wales, United Kingdom. The site and all related assets will now be transferred to Eren Paper Ltd...... [more...]

New CEO for Homag

Dr. Daniel Schmitt (51) will become the new CEO of HOMAG Group AG on January 1, 2022. He succeeds Ralf W. Dieter (60), who will provide the office as well as the chairmanship of the parent company Dürr after a successful career at the end of the year...... [more...]

The record high lumber prices in the US shifted global lumber trade flows

US lumber prices reached unprecedented highs in the 2Q/21. For example, the costs for 2x4 framing pine lumber inthe US South averaged almost $800/m3 in May, up from $210/m3 as recent as February 2020 and nearly four times as much as the 20-year average price for southern yellow pine...... [more...]


CIFM / interzum guangzhou paints new chapter in 2022 with focus on sustainable innovation

China’s ability to control the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent emergence as an even stronger economy has attracted global attention, including major furniture companies. As Asia’s flagship furniture manufacturing exhibition, CIFM / interzum guangzhou, to take place in conjunction with the China International Furniture Fair from 28 - 31 March 2022, is in a favourable position to leverage the growth...... [more...]

Metsä Board plans to purchase all shares in Hämeenkyrön Voima

Metsä Board plans to purchase from Pohjolan Voima Oyj all the shares it owns in Hämeenkyrön Voima Oy, and thereby consolidate its local operations in the Kyröskoski mill area... ... [more...]

Russian log exports from January to July increased by 11.5% year-on-year

During January-July 2021 Russia’s export of sawn timber made 10.7 mn tons, down 3.1% year-on-year. According to the Russia's Federal Customs Service’s statistics, in terms of value, sawn goods export was up 37.5% making $3.5 bn...... [more...]

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ISC: Many market uncertainties but softwood demand will not stop

It has been another extraordinary year in the softwood market since the International Softwood Conference (ISC) was held completely online for the first time in 2020. On October 14th 2021 the 69th edition went hybrid – welcoming 200 participants in Helsinki and further 100 online... [ more...]

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CLT capacities and product innovations worldwide are far from over

At the Ligna Forum Digital, four industry experts discussed the prospects for CLT production and discussed the potential in technology, product development and sales markets for the increasingly popular wooden building elements. 3.5 million m3 / yr of CLT capacity is currently available globally and it will soon be possible to produce 5 million m3 / yr with 130 production lines worldwide... [ more...]

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U.S. lumber prices on the rise again

Lumber futures have hit $628 per thousand board feet (mbf), the Wall Street Journal has reported. Prices are now up nearly 40% since late August and are almost as high as their pre-pandemic levels...... [ more...]

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