Indonesia’s APHI calls for lifting ban on log exports
The Indonesian Forest Concessionaires Association (APHI) is appealing to the new government to allow the export of logs.
The chairman of APHI, Nana Suparna, said that because of the log export ban log prices in the domestic market have fallen and that the current price of logs is only half the price of tropical logs in international markets.
Indonesia became a major log exporter when, as a result of a deal with the IMF, log export taxes were reduced but poor law enforcement resulted in excessive logging resulting in a ban on log exports in 2001.
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Ever smaller plantation teak log
Photo: R. Somaiya
For the past 25 years India has been a major importer of teak logs from plantations in Africa and Central and South America.
The supply of teak logs from plantations in Africa is falling and Indian end-users are faced with using young plantation teak log thinnings (ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old) but have noticed that imported log parcels now have a higher proportion of small diameter ‘thinning poles’ than previously and this has resulted in lower minimum prices for log parcels.