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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 July 2011

Top story

Flood of imports disrupt plywood market in Japan

In Osaka inventories of imported plywood have expanded dramatically due to the arrival of imports, the orders for which were placed with suppliers right after the March earthquake.
Traders are reporting that the Japanese plywood market remains severely depressed and that wholesalers and retailers are holding very high inventories.

Also in this issue

  • African countries to deliver free access to trade-related data
  • Procurement policies drive demand for Malaysian certified wood
  • Appreciation of the Kyat wipes out gains from export tax reduction
  • Brazil’s double digit declines in exports of plywood, sawnwood and furniture
  • Industry capacity building initiative underway in Guyana
  • New US emissions standards impact Chinese panel industry
  • EU industry weathered the crisis better than external suppliers
  • Imported flooring set to expand market share in US

Data snapshot


Planted forest area brazil eucalyptus pine SFM

Source ABRAF and DTCP

The area of eucalyptus forest in Brazil is expanding in most states and the average rate of expansion was just over 7% between 2004 and 2009. In contrast the area of pine plantations has been gradually falling and this trend started in 2007.
The expansion of the area of eucalyptus plantations is the result of several factors, the primary reason being the growth in investment in plantations by companies that require the wood for there own manufacturing processes. This is particularly the case for the pulp and paper sectors.
Some 2.5 mil ha. of eucalyptus plantations are in the south east of the country (Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Bahia states).  Pine plantations are concentrated in the south of the country notably in Parana and in Santa Catarina states. 

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