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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 January 2016

Top story

Brazil’s wood product exports at highest level since 2007

Despite an uninspiring year, Brazil’s 2015 exports of wood products matched that of 2007. In the case of pine plywood 2015 exports were over 1.5 million cu.m or 14% more than in 2014. Exports of wood products such as particleboard, MDF and OSB, traditionally uncompetitive in international markets, increased significantly
ABIMCI anticipates that Brazilian companies will increasingly turn to the export markets this year as there is little prospect of a recovery in domestic demand.

Also in this issue

  • Prospects for West and Central African exports unclear
  • Ratify Trade Facilitation Agreement says Ghana Chamber of Commerce
  • Pace of CoC certification in Malaysia applauded
  • New timber tax in Myanmar
  • Home sales fall in major Indian cities
  • Sales of high priced homes rise but prices for cheaper homes fall in Japan
  • Tax refund for Chinese panel producers
  • Healthy growth in EU tropical timber imports during 2015

Data snapshot

Growth in EU tropical wood imports


Value of EU tropical wood 2015 imports jumps 15%

European imports of tropical timber showed healthy growth between January and November of last year with the total value rising 15% to euro 2.059bn.
In the first eleven months of 2015, there was double–digit growth in tropical wood import value into Belgium (+16%), Denmark (+25%), France (+14%), Germany (+12%), the Netherlands (+22%) and the UK (+12%).


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