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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 March 2016

Top story

Rise in China’s 2015 sawnwood import volumes but import values fall

China’s 2015 sawnwood imports totalled 26.08 million cubic metres valued at US$7 billion. There was a year on year increase of 2% in the volume of imports but an 8% decline in value.
Of total sawnwood imports, sawn softwood imports fell 3% to 14.11 million cubic metres. However, the data shows a 7% rise in sawn hardwood imports to 11.97 million cubic metres.
Of total sawn hardwood imports, tropical sawnwood imports were 4.77 million cubic metres valued at US$2.1 billion, up 15% in volume but down 6% in value.

Also in this issue

  • Accelerating tertiary processing in Gabon
  • Malaysian furniture makers urged - explore markets for solid wood furniture in China
  • Claims of circumvention of Indonesia’s SVLK
  • Barter trade in Myanmar’s northwest halted by India
  • Brazil promotes legal and certified timber in civil construction
  • Concern that consumption tax increase could trigger another recession
  • EU wood imports rise to highest level since financial crises
  • 2015 a good year for US furniture manufacturers and retailers    

Data snapshot



Five years on recovery work continues and as yet around 60,000 people
are still living in ‘temporary’ housing units.
Two factors have been cited for the delays in rehousing the displaced,
first a shortage of building materials and secondly the desire of those
who lost everything to rebuild and re-establish the community in which
they lived before the disaster.
To get a sense of the task facing Japan click here.


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