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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 January 2014

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Unlikely all accumulated logs can be shipped before Myanmar log export ban 

Log export shipments from Myanmar increased in December however, reports suggest that some 270,000 cu.m of teak logs and 810,000 cu.m of other hardwood logs remain unshipped at various log depots in Myanmar.
Analysts say it is unlikely that all the remaining logs can be shipped in the three months until the log export ban takes effect.




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Myanmar will ban the export of teak and other hardwood logs as of 1 April this year. Analysts report that over one million cubic metres of export logs are awaiting shipment and point out that, at current rates of export, around 165,000 cubic metres per month, it would take over six months to dispatch these logs
The Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) which oversees the log export business has recently released information on how it intends to deal with any export logs that remain unshipped on 31 March.
MTE has said it will answer any question and is available to assist exporters. See the following for contact information: