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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 June 2013

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Japan’s tropical log imports forecast to fall sharply in 2013

The Japan Foreign Timber General Supply and Demand Liaison Conference has released forecasts for timber imports in 2013. 
While overall demand for logs in 2013 is forecast to be as much as it was in 2012, demand for tropical logs is expected to fall by around 40%.
The main reason for the sharp decline in consumption of tropical logs is the closure of one Japan’s major tropical plywood mills. 

Also in this issue

  • Spanish trade blacklists three African timber exporting countries
  • Indonesian exports doing well despite delays in ratification of VPA
  • Surprising recovery in Indian wood product exports
  • Japan’s housing starts surge as buyers act to beat consumption tax hike
  • Strong demand in China for ‘redwood’ furniture drives up log imports
  • New technology institute in China to promote S. American species
  • European plywood manufacturers under intense pressure
  • US tropical sawn hardwood imports recovered in April

Data snapshot


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Japan’s imports of tropical logs began to decline during the 1970s because of log export restriction by producing countries and because of wide price fluctuations.
In the 1980s environmental issues became important so log imports fell further, at this time the plywood industry in Japan shifted to using softwood logs.
By 2009 tropical log imports were only around 750,000 cu.m and from that year on there was a steady decline in imports such that 2013 imports of tropical logs are not expected to be more that 350,000 cu.m.




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