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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 2013

Top story

Indian industry fears re-introduction of import duties on wood products

The Indian government is considering raising import duties on some major imported items as it attempts to reduce the trade deficit.
Unfortunately wood and wood products are also included in the list of items for which import duties may be raised. Import duties on wood products were removed some time ago when the current prime minister was finance minister.
The industry and forestry sector feel that the re-imposition of import duties on wood products would have a negative effect on the Indian economy. 

Also in this issue

  • ITTO initiates work on EPD for tropical timber
  • Indonesia to host market dialogue in August  
  • Brazil’s June export trends encouraging
  • Peruvian plantation company executives learn from Chilean counterparts
  • Japan joins Trans Pacific Partnership talks
  • China changes transport license regulations to eliminate miss-use
  • EU tropical hardwood imports decline
  • Mexico enforcing new phytosanitary Regulations

Data snapshot


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EU imports of sawn tropical hardwood were 296,000 cubic metres in the first 4 months of 2013, 20% less than during the same period in 2012.  EU imports of sawn tropical hardwood are unlikely to exceed 900,000cu.m in 2013.
In recent years, declining EU imports of sawn tropical lumber have been partially offset by rising imports of hardwood mouldings and glulam from tropical producer. However sales of those commodities into the EU have also been hard hit by the continuing recession. 




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