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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.



1-16 June 2014

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Attitudes towards legal timber in Japan

NGOs in Japan recently surveyed government agencies on attitudes to Green Purchasing. The results have been summarised in the Japan Lumber Reports of May 30th 2014.
The results suggest that public offices give priority to purchasing products from locally grown timbers. While a high number of those surveyed said they follow the Green Purchasing guidelines, around a third reported they have no formal means to confirm the legality of wood products.  

Also in this issue

  • Industries in Gabon owed billions in tax refunds
  • Ghana to get new Minister for Lands and Natural Resources
  • 17 million cubic metres of palm logs available annually
  • ‘Arc of Deforestation’ the focus of Brazil’s forest inventory
  • China - US$ 90 billion outward investment
  • Guangzhou and Shanghai wholesale price trends re-introduced
  • Rising tropical wood imports by the Netherlands and UK
  • EU imports of tropical hardwood logs fall sharply
  • US wood window and door market set to grow

Data snapshot

Ratio of Architects to Population


Of the top 10 world container ports in terms of TEU, seven are in China, and one each in South Korea, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.
The twenty-foot equivalent unit ( TEU) is an inexact unit of cargo capacity often used to describe the capacity of container ships and container terminals.  It is based on the volume of a 20-foot-long (6.1 m) intermodal container.
Every container has its own unique unit number, often called a box number that can be used by ship captains, crews, coastguards, dock supervisors, customs officers and warehouse managers to identify who owns the container, who is using the container to ship goods and even track the container's whereabouts anywhere in the world.
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