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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 August 2013

Top story

Proposal for new ISO chain of custody standard causes uproar

The German representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT), the Brazilian member of ISO have submitted a proposal for a new international standard on chain-of-custody requirements for forest products.
This proposal has already caused controversy.  FSC and PEFC released a joint statement urging ISO members to vote against the proposal claiming that offering a chain of custody certificate disconnected from PEFC and FSC forest management certification would lead to uncertainty and “sub-optimal results”. 

Also in this issue

  • Corporate future for Myanmar Timber Enterprise
  • Pace of rupee depreciation catches everyone by surprise
  • Mexico, one of the fastest growing markets for Brazilian furniture
  • Cabinet Office assessment sees improvement in Japanese economy
  • No more Customs inspection in China for many forest products
  • German sawmills switch from tropical to temperate hardwoods
  • US extends period for comments on new formaldehyde emission rules

Data snapshot


Planted forest area brazil eucalyptus pine SFM



Milling for grade not volume – options for milling low grade logs

While volumetric recovery is a useful indicator of milling efficiency, grade yields and value out-turn, especially for plantation species, can provide a revealing insight into recovery and can lead to better decisions in milling.
Everyone familiar with sawmilling knows that higher grade logs yield more than low grade logs and that the difference can be huge. But forests do not only produce high grade logs.
The challenge for sawmillers, especially those using mobile mills, is how to make a profit from milling low grade logs



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