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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.



16-30 June 2017

Top story

EU and Myanmar take proactive steps on timber legality assurance

The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) has, in a special edition of its newsletter, said EU and Myanmar authorities and timber trade representatives, including the ETTF, have been liaising closely and are taking steps to tackle legality assurance deficiencies, confusion and misinformation.

While major challenges remain the ETTF says “they have confidence that, with cooperation and commitment, these can be overcome”.

Also in this issue

  • Forestry Department shake-up in Gabon
  • Steep decline in South African business confidence
  • Strong cooperation amongst the Malaysian timber industry
  • Indian plywood Industry calls for review of GST for panels
  • Japan explores challenges in expanding harvests of domestic forests
  • Surge in EU tropical plywood imports in 2017
  • Harvard report – US home renovation the growth market fueled by baby-boomers


Data snapshot

Brazil, the largest exporter of pulp


Eucalyptus plantations support Brazil’s pulp trade

After decades of dominating the global pulp trade, Canada has been displaced as the world’s largest pulp exporter. Supported by the enormous eucalyptus plantations – the world’s largest at around 2.0 million ha—Brazil has been increasing production of Bleached Eucalyptus Kraft (BEK) pulp since the late 90’s.

Although Brazil’s position as top kraft pulp exporter Canada remains the largest world producer of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp.


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