Market Information Service

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 August 2015

Top story

EU imports from Malaysia stabilise and Indonesian boom comes to an end

After a shift away from Malaysian plywood in favour of Indonesian and Chinese panels in 2014, EU imports of plywood from tropical countries have cooled this year.
EU imports of Malaysian plywood declined 15% in the first half of 2015 as Malaysia lost market share to China.  EU plywood imports from Indonesia rose 26% in 2014 but this pace of growth has not been sustained through the first half of 2015.

Also in this issue

  • Manufacturers in Ghana express concern on economy
  • ‘Go ahead, make my day’ - Armed foresters set to patrol in Sabah
  • GST to level playing field and benefit Indian plywood end-users
  • Logging companies in Guyana told to comply with concession agreement
  • Demand projections for wood products for the second half 2015 released by Japan
  • Prospects for the European markets still uncertain
  • Canadian demand for balsa rises – end-use?  Wind turbine blade manufacturing

Data snapshot

Sample trade data from the new Market News Service from ITTO


ITTO launches market news service in French
Le Service de l’actualité des marchés (MNS) est le résultat d’un projet de l’OIBT (PD 700/13(I) Rev1 Phase1) financé par le Gouvernement japonais. Le MNS constitue seulement l’un des éléments de ce projet qui a pour objectif général d’éliminer les contraintes limitant l’expansion de la fabrication et du commerce de produits bois chez les producteurs africains.
This Market News Service (MNS) is an output of an ITTO project (PD 700/13(I) Rev1 Phase1) funded by the Japanese government. The MNS is just one element of the overall project which aims to remove constraints limiting expansion of manufacturing and trade in added products by African producers.
The new MNS will provide trade and market news on African consumer markets and to begin the focus will be on Nigeria, South Africa and Algeria.


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