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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 July 2017

Top story

Thousands of Chinese panel mills told to stop operations

Around 3,000 SME wood-based panel producers in Wen’an County, Langfang City, Hebei Province have been told to stop operations. This will have an immediate impact on the domestic panel market and jobs. The affected enterprises employ around 10,000 workers.

Some companies are required to re-tool to meet environmental regulations; others are being encouraged to relocate back to their original provinces. Seminars on ‘Returning to Hometown to Invest’ have been held to encourage relocation.

Also in this issue

  • Azobe losing out to bamboo
  • Ghana private sector asked to get involved in afforestation initiatives
  • Timber import regulations enter into force in Malaysia
  • New transport checks a burden says Brazilian association CIPEM
  • Problem of South Sea log supply – a look at the log trade in Japan
  • Changing product mix in EU tropical wood trade
  • Continued growth in US hardwood plywood imports from China


Data snapshot

Indonesia’s log production


Expanding - but little change in where logs come from

Indonesia has just over 90 million hectares of tree cover, around half of which is primary forest. This places Indonesia behind only Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo for most national forest cover.

Production from Indonesia’s natural forest concessions between 2009 and 2016 was little changed, accounting for between 12-17% of all log sources. Over the same period, production from plantations, mainly for the pulp sector, went from 69% in 2009 to 72% in 2016. Production from community forests, as a percentage of all three sources, hovered around 14% between 2009 and 2016.

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