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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 2011

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Five consecutive increases in Japan’s monthly housing starts

Total housing starts in Japan during August were 81,986 units, 14% more than the same month a year ago reports the Japan Lumber Reports (JLR).
This represents five consecutive monthly increases. It can be observed from the graphic that monthly housing starts were over 80,000 units for two months in 2011. Many analysts had expected housing starts to fall in July this year as government subsidies through its ‘House Eco-point’ scheme came to an end however, there has been little impact on the pace of starts.


Also in this issue

  • Insistence on prompt delivery pushes up prices for prime W. African species
  • Malaysian certification scheme rejected for Dutch government procurement
  • Indian domestic log prices firm as imported timber prices climb
  • September exports drop across the board in Brazil
  • Hardwood plywood prices in EU weaken as supply pressures ease
  • Canadian imports of sawn tropical hardwood on the rise
  • Lacey Act Amendment –bipartisan legislation introduceds 

Data snapshot


UK Consumer Confidence Index



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