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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.



1-15 December 2013

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Brazilian domestic market absorbing most tropical plywood

A sector study undertaken by the Brazilian Association for Mechanically Processed Timber Industry (ABIMCI) explains why production of tropical plywood for export has declined.

The ABIMCI report says in 2012 tropical plywood production in Brazil was 483,000 cubic metres, a 51% decline from 2000 to 2012.

Domestic consumption of tropical plywood was 426,000 cubic metres in 2012, representing a 22% increase since 2000.




Also in this issue

  • Ghana Forestry Commission seeks Import duty relief for mills importing logs 
  • Indonesia’s SVLK audit process too tough for small enterprise 
  • OECD releases economic forecast for Japan 
  • Japan revises JAS rules on LVL 
  • China bans import of ash logs and sawnwood 
  • Revision of EU GSP to impact veneer and plywood market 
  • Hardwood promotion program proposed by US Department of Agriculture

Data snapshot

Log production in Brazil

Planted forest area brazil eucalyptus pine SFM


International markets for North American hardwood were quiet in the first half 20013, the exception being exports to China which grew just over 20% compared to the same period in 2012. US red oak shipments to China in the first half of 2013 were up almost 50%.

Demand for US hardwood lumber from Mexican end-users remained firm in the first half of this year but shipments to other Latin American countries were slow.

As could be expected given the weakness of the economies in EU member states exports of US hardwood lumber fell year on year. The sharp decline in German demand came as something of a surprise as the German economy was one of the strongest performers in the EU.



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