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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 November 2010

Top story

Japanese timber industries against Trans Pacific Partnership

The Japanese government is currently negotiating on joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement between Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and the USA. On 13-14 November 2010, Japan joined in the TPP negotiations as an observer during the APEC summit held in Yokohama Japan.

The National Council for Forest Products Trade Measure, consisting 22 forest and wood industry groups, voted against joining the TPP. The Council insists that liberalisation of the timber trade would have serious impacts on the domestic wood and timber product industry. In addition, the Council claims that the TPP would be against the Policy on Revitalisation of the Timber Sector in Japan aimed at promoting development and employment through increasing the use of domestic wood.
(see details on page 10)

Also in this issue

  • Producers seek relaxation of log export ban in Gabon
  • Invitation for harvesting of plantation timber in Ghana
  • Booming property development in Malaysia
  • Indonesia eyes Middle-East for her furniture exports
  • Indian government depots begin timber auction sales
  • Timber is top export product from Alta Floresta, Brazil
  • New forest law faces resistance from indigenous communities in Peru
  • Peruvian forest concessionaires face difficulties in securing financing
  • Largest wooden door production line in Asia begins operation in China
  • European construction output revised downward
  • Impact of the US housing market on the woodworking industry

Data Snapshot

23.7 million hectares of certified forests in ITTO
producing member countries to date



Two-thirds of the world’s certified forests are under PEFC certificate (in 28 countries), while FSC’s share is almost one-third (in 81 countries). The balance is certified under national systems.
Five certification systems are implemented in tropical timber producing countries. The following shows the area of certified forests (million hectares) and the number of Chain-of-Custody certificates issued by different systems in ITTO producing member countries:
-Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): 15.8 million hectares, 1016 CoCs;
-Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification(PEFC): 5.2 million hectares, 189 CoCs;
-Programa Brasileiro de Certificação Florestal (CERFLOR), Brazil: 1.2 million hectares, 23 CoCs (certified under the PEFC);
-Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS): 0.9 million hectares, 8 CoCs (in addition to the PEFC);
-Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute (LEI): 1.8 million hectares, 6 CoCs.
In 2010, a total of 370 million hectares of forests have been certified worldwide by the five systems mentioned above. In ITTO producing member countries, some 23.7 million hectares of forests have been certified, accounting for 6.4% of the total. In 2007, the certified area was 15,3 million hectares, representing 5% of the total. The number of CoCs in ITTO producing member countries has grown to 1,219, compared to 374 CoC certificates in 2007. The total number of CoCs worldwide under these five systems is 25,191.
Most of the certified forests in the tropics are FSC-certified. ITTO producing member countries account for 11.7% of the total FSC-certified forests, while the share of PEFC-certified forests is only 2.2%. In 2009, PEFC saw the first endorsements of certification systems in Asia (the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme, MTCS) and Africa (The Gabonese Forest Certification Scheme, PAFC Gabon). PEFC-certification is expected to expand in tropical forests through the adaptation of lessons learned in Malaysia and Gabon to other tropical countries. For example, Cameroon is in the process of developing its national system to comply with PEFC.

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