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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 July 2015

Top story

India to remove constraints to farm timber plantations

There is a long tradition of growing commercial timber trees on small farmers in India and such farm forests once were a primary source of raw materials for many domestic mills.
However, this practice has been declining over the past few decades mainly because of unfavourable legislation and overly complicated regulations relating to forestry and agriculture but this is about to change. A new policy is being prepared to create a major shift in outlook towards farm forestry.

Also in this issue

  • West African log prices held up only by reduced availability
  • Ghana’s exports rise - India a major buyer
  • Life sentences in Myanmar for timber smugglers – then a pardon           
  • Market recovery and exchange rate provides boost to Brazil’s exports
  • Japanese manufacturers consider shift to softwood plywood for floor base
  • Export tax rebate increased in China
  • Euroconstruct declares  “an end to recessionary trend”
  • Revised list of wood products requiring declaration under Lacey Act

Data snapshot

Tradition of waterway transport


China is a country with long water transportation tradition. The Yangtze interconnects with many lakes, railways, highways and ports and together these are the largest global communications and transportation network and have a very important economic position in China.
The growth of container traffic has come to dominate traffic growth on China’s inland waterway system.


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