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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 2018

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Changes to US GSP could disrupt Indonesian and Brazilian exports

The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry has warned that changes in the US GSP for woodbased panels from Indonesia could disrupt exports. Similar concerns have been raised in Brazil.
Recently representatives of ABIMCI were in the US to discuss maintaining GSP levels and Indonesia also intends to send a negotiating team to the US.

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  • Myanmar mills closing for lack of logs
  • Japanese importers - tight supply of Indonesian floor base plywood
  • Tropical sawnwood battles for share of buoyant European market
  • Transportation bottlenecks hurting US businesses


Concession management the key to safeguarding forest resources

Data source: Forest Concessions - Past Present and Future, FAO

Vast differences in log harvest in forest concessions
The area of forest concessions in South America, relative to the total forest area, is much lower than in other tropical regions.  A recent report has highlighted that the success or failure of forest management under concessions is a key factor influencing the safeguarding of forest resources.

See the review carried out by FAO in cooperation with ITTO, SFB (the Brazilian Forest Service), CIFOR and CIRAD.

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