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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 April 2014

Top story

Commercial logging halted in Hinggan mountains
China’s State Forestry administration (SFA) has ordered a halt to commercial logging in the natural forests in the Hinggan mountain ranges.

Authorities estimate that as much as 500 million cubic metres has been extracted since commercial logging began about fifty years ago.

The Central Government will make available some RMB 2.35 million annually until 2020 to support the livelihoods of those affected by this decision.


Also in this issue

  • Firmer demand triggers price increases for W. African timbers
  • Regional markets taking most of Ghana’s plywood
  • Last minute rush to beat Myanmar log ban deadline 
  • Bewilderment over Japan’s Wood Use Point system 
  • Japan’s log exports to China soar 
  • Hongmu (redwood) prices climb in China as availability wanes 
  • EUTR had little impact on plywood imports in 2013 
  • Sharp increase in US imports of Indonesian assembled flooring

Data snapshot

Employment and worker productivity in the Brazilian manufacturing sector


Protectionist policies have worked to shield Brazilian manufacturers who , over the past decade, made good profits as the domestic economy expanded.  Almost all producers benefitted as consumers were encouraged by easy credit to go on a shopping spree. However, the 2008 global crisis brought an end to the good days and it has taken Brazilian factories several years to get out-put back close to pre-crisis levels.
Meanwhile, worker productivity in the Brazilian manufacturing sector has fallen sharply.  Over a similar time period productivity in China has almost doubled, worker productivity in Chile has grown over 50% and there has been a 17% improvement in Argentina over the past 30 years.

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