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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.



16-30 November 2014

Top story

Up-date on Australian Government’s illegal logging laws

The Australian Department of Agriculture has published its fourth illegal logging up-date which provides the latest on developments with the Australian Government's illegal logging laws.  The new due diligence requirements came into force on Sunday, 30 November 2014.
The new requirements are a key element in the government's efforts to combat the trade in illegally logged timber.

Also in this issue

  • Furniture, the largest contributor to Malaysia’s timber export earnings
  • Privatisation of Myanma Timber Enterprise
  • Revised notification on the sale of red sanders
  • Peruvian manufacturers score with door exports
  • Guyana’s ‘rosewood’ attracting Asian buyers
  • October housing starts deliver a surprise in Japan
  • Slowdown in European wood flooring market
  • European laminated flooring producers ponder new-season fashions​

Data snapshot

Japan’s imports of Assembled Wooden Flooring 2009 to 201


In the five years to 2013, Japan’s imports of Assembled Wooden Flooring increased by over 125%.  One category, HS4418-72 accounted for most of the gains growing from Yen 480 mil. to Yen 1,799 mil. in five years.
Up to the end of 2013 housing starts in Japan were very buoyant and this is reflected in the imports of wood flooring since the domestic housing market is the largest endues application for imported Assembled flooring. 

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