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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 September 2015

Top story

Yunnan/Myanmar border closed to timber

Chinese authorities have announced that, in order to ‘reorganise’ procedures for controlling timber imports passing through Yunnan international border crossings, no timber shipments will be permitted until the beginning of next year.
The Chinese government is deeply concerned about the situation on the Yunnan/Myanmar border and has temporarily suspended timber imports from Myanmar.

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

EU, a major wood flooring exporter


EU wood flooring exports begin to fall
EU exports of wood flooring increased between 2009 and 2014, as manufacturers diversified into new markets during a period of slow demand in Europe. Exports increased by 4.7% to 17.707 million sq.m in 2013 and by another 2.7% to 18.179 million sq.m in 2014.
However, the positive export trend slowed beginning in the last quarter of 2014.  In the first quarter of 2015, EU wood flooring exports were 4.7% down year on year.


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