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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.



16-31 October 2009

Top story

Brazil’s exports continue down 

In September 2009, Brazil’s exports of timber products (excluding pulp and paper) fell 30.5% compared to September 2008. 

Exports of tropical sawnwood dropped significantly both in volume and in value terms, from 62,300 cu.m in September 2008 to 46,600 cu.m in September 2009 This performance equates to an overall 25% fall in volume and 37% in value. 

A similar picture emerged for exports of tropical plywood as they were down from 17,700 cu.m in September 2008 to just 10,900 cu.m in September 2009, a 38% fall. In value terms the picture was even worse with a 45% reduction recorded over the period, from US$11.3 million to US$6.2 million. 

Exports of wooden furniture fell from US$69.5 million in September 2008 to US$48.3 million in September 2009, a 30% drop.

Also in this issue

  • W. African price adjustments
  • Transparency at work
  • Mid-east construction boom over
  • Buoyant demand for logs in India
  • Gloomy prospects for Brazil’s furniture exports
  • Paying for environmental services
  • No UK recovery in short term
  • Designers prefer wood
  • UNECE Timber Committee Forecasts
  • US Imports of tropical timber


Data snapshot

Malaysian exports 

Malaysia has progressed into a nation that has diversified successfully to rise as an exporter of manufactured goods. Other exports are palm oil and rubber, in which Malaysia is among the top producers, as well as crude petroleum and liquefied natural gas. Malaysia is considered a major producer of cocoa and pepper, with significant exports of timber and wood products.
Source EPA Malaysia



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