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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.



1-31 July 2016


Top story

JLR says - International NGOs demanding only verified legal wood be imported into Japan

Eighteen international NGOs have submitted a note to Japan’s Prime Minister saying  government action is needed to ensure only legal wood products are utilised in Japan.
The note suggests laws should be enacted that require companies to exercise due diligence and be able to verify the legality of imported wood product to ensure illegal timber does not enter the supply chain.

Also in this issue

  • Ozigo harvesting ban lifted
  • Ghana Forestry Master plan and Plantation Strategy released
  • Bio-prospecting – native knowledge to be tapped in Sarawak
  • Indonesia - moratorium on land clearing for palm oil to impact log supply
  • Tough to support unemployed elephants in Myanmar
  • Myanmar approves timber imports for domestic processing
  • Urgent review of Brazil/Chile maritime agreement demanded
  • No sign yet of Brexit contagion in EU markets
  • Strong growth in US wooden furniture imports

Data snapshot

Suspension of logging in Myanmar puts elephants out of work

Photo: M. Adams/ITTO

Tough to support unemployed elephants
Log haulage in Myanmar relies on elephants in many areas and with the suspension of harvesting the owners of the elephants are finding it hard to pay for food for their animals. Elephants eat around 200 kg of foods every day.
The Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) has about 3,000 elephants while private sector enterprises have a further 2,000 which works out at 10,000 kg of food per day!

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