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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 October 2014

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Paraná State develops Reverse Logistics Plan 

The wood and furniture sector of Paraná State has developed a Reverse Logistics Plan (RLP) to define all operations related to the reuse of products and materials
This RLP provides an overview of the timber sector in the State which comprises some 5,000 companies that generate 85,000 jobs. The Plan details the main residues generated and how some of this can be utilised. The plan also provides timelines for action by companies.
ABIMCI presented the Paraná RLP during the 11th Council Meeting of the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI) and said that the Paraná Plan can be an example for the rest of the country.

Also in this issue

  • New tax and withdrawal of fuel subsidy to impact Malaysian industry
  • PEFC endorses Indonesia’s certification system
  • Filling the gurjan void in India – an opportunity for log exporters
  • Wood-pellet manufacturing plant for Guyana
  • Japan increases log exports
  • Value of China’s furniture exports fall
  • ITTC to consider proposal for producer legislation database     
  • Higher US flooring imports from Vietnam and EU

Data snapshot

A hint of recovery 

Source: ITTO/FII Ltd analysis of Eurostat


EU imports of sawn tropical hardwood in the first half of 2014 were 493,000 cubic metres, 4% more than the same period in 2013. Imports from Cameroon fell 11% to144,000 cubic metres.
However, this decline was offset by rising imports from Malaysia (+24% to 104,000 cubic metres, Brazil (+3% to 57,000 cubic metres), Gabon (+13% to 51,000 cubic metres), Ivory Coast (+14% to 40,000 cubic metres) and the Republic of Congo (+27% to 26,000 cubic metres). 

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