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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 January 2014

Top story

EU manufacturers demand credible product-specific data

Wood product manufacturers, construction companies and other customers increasingly require credible data on the full range of technical and environmental performance issues for wood raw materials.
The demand for technical performance data in Europe has been given added impetus by enforcement of the Construction Products Regulation.




Also in this issue

  • The way forward -  stimulate demand in EU for wider range of species
  • Big three log producers in Sarawak cut production
  • Indian plantation teak importers benefit from delayed domestic log auctions
  • Tax rate for the furniture sector worries Brazilian retailers
  • Japan’s ‘Wood Use Point’ system to include US timber
  • Robust growth forecast in German window and door industry
  • Imports only small proportion of EU joinery consumption
  • Increased funding requested to enforce Lacey Act

Data snapshot


Planted forest area brazil eucalyptus pine SFM


ASEAN a hub for FTAs

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are steadily expanding in the Asia-Pacific. Many FTAs have been negotiated since 2008 and around 30 FTAs are in effect.
The FTAs signed by ASEAN since 2010 has helped ASEAN to act as a hub for Asia’s
FTA network.  Japan has a multilateral FTA with ASEAN and also bilateral FTAs with each ASEAN member country.
Similarly, Singapore has multilateral FTAs with Japan, Korea, China, New Zealand, and India but also has bilateral FTAs with each of these countries
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