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Towards greater transparency in the tropical timber markets

The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS), is published in English every two weeks with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market. The TTM provides market trends and trade news from around the world, as well as indicative prices for over 400 tropical timber and added-value products.



16-30 September 2009

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Continuing decline of EU 25 imports of hardwoods from tropical countries and China

The continuing decline in tropical hardwood imports during the second quarter of 2009 affected all the major EU markets. While the data hints that the market decline may be bottoming out in France, and the UK, imports into both the Netherlands and Spain experienced further significant downturns in the April-June period. 

 All the major tropical hardwood supplying countries to the EU experienced a decline in sales to the EU during the second quarter of 2009. Imports from China (mainly plywood some of which is tropical) showed marginal gains during the second quarter compared to the first quarter, although the volumes involved remained well below those of the previous year.

Also in this issue

  • Markets quiet except for Okoume logs 
  • Trade promotion the key 
  • Teak plantation opportunity 
  • Brazil needs investment in added value 
  • Furniture exports to Russia 
  • Wood based panel imports climb 
  • Huge fall in EU imports 
  • Evidence of structural change 
  • Modest gains in home construction 
  • US ‘green’ building 


Data snapshot



    EU 25 imports of hardwoods from tropical countries and China 2007 – Q2 2009 (1000 m3)

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