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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 April 2013

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Opportunities for international trade in Indonesian plantation logs

Media reports suggest that the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry is considering lifting the log export ban to provide an incentive for the further development of industrial plantations.
Current market prices for plantation logs are in the region of US$30-40 per cubic metre, significantly lower than the regional average because plantation owners can only sell in logs on the domestic market where fierce competition has driven down prices.  Under the present conditions there is little incentive to invest in forest plantations. 

Also in this issue

  • Asian Development Bank upbeat on prospects for Myanmar
  • Indian handicraft producers fear losing EU market
  • Brazilian furniture makers consider challenges in Chinese market for luxury furniture
  • China expands efforts to eliminate trade in illegal timber
  • European laminate flooring sales declined in 2012
  • Growth recorded in March US furniture and wood product manufacturing

Data snapshot


Planted forest area brazil eucalyptus pine SFM


The recently released IMF World Economic Outlook says that the Indian economy has  bottomed out and should begin to recover as external demand grows and because of recent policy initiatives by the government.
This is good news as last year the Indian economy grew at its slowest pace in a decade.
The Indian Economic Advisory Council which advises the Prime Minister has forecast GDP will grow 6.4% in the current fiscal year as the full impact of policy measures taken by the government take effect.



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