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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 November 2013

Top story

Indonesia to allow plantation log  export but from only community forests

The Ministry of Forestry (MoF) has said exports of logs from community forests will be permitted but that, for the time being, exports of logs from industrial plantations remain restricted.  All exports of community forest plantation logs will have to comply with Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system (SVLK).
 The Secretary General of the MoF said the decision to allow plantation log exports will encourage the expansion of community owned plantations.


Also in this issue

  • International Tropical Timber Council back in Gabon after 15 years
  • GSP and easing of financial restrictions a boost Myanmar private sector
  • Indian plywood industries struggle with competition from reconstituted panels
  • Good short term prospects in Japan’s housing sector
  • Fibreboard and plywood futures market at Dalian Commodity Exchange
  • European laminate flooring producers target Chinese domestic market
  • US building standards to be changed because of damage from recent storms

Data snapshot

Log production in Brazil

Planted forest area brazil eucalyptus pine SFM


The international trade in tropical timber products has been affected by:
Competition with plantations,
Development of new competitive products and finishing materials,
An increase in transaction costs for tropical timber,
Hurdles to market access,
A lack of market promotion and product image
Reduced availability and
Lack of investments in technology to improve competitiveness.


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