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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 April 2017

Top story

Substantial growth in China’s sawnwood imports

China’s 2016 sawnwood imports totalled 32.15 million cubic metres, a year on year increase of 21%. Of total sawnwood imports, sawn softwood imports rose 22%, accounting for 55% of the national total.

Sawn hardwood imports grew 20%. Of total sawn hardwood imports, those from tropical countries were 5.74 million cubic metres up 20%.

The top tropical supplier of sawnwood to China was Thailand accounting for around 70% of all sawn hardwood imports from tropical countries.

Also in this issue

  • Prices improve for a growing number of African timbers
  • Manufacturers in Ghana to get boost from tax cuts
  • Indonesian Minister - not all markets require SVLK certified products
  • Myanmar Focal Group for Communication to service importers
  • Gabon, a source of veneer and plywood for Indian industries
  • Fast track procedure for forest concession allocation in Peru
  • Questions and answers on Japan’s Clean Wood law
  • EU 2016 plywood imports rise to near record levels
  • First DLT manufacturing plant in North America


Data snapshot

Most attractive sub Saharan countries for investment

The Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Limited is a leading African corporate and investment bank. A recent assessment of investment opportunities says “The case for investing in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is strong; economies are booming, political risks have been reduced, and the macroeconomic and business climates have improved."ghana"


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