Economics, statistics and markets

Containers of timber and timber products in Guatemala ready for shipment to international markets. ITTO works to improve market transparency, market access and trade statistics. Photo: INAB

ITTO recognizes the potential for the expansion and diversification of trade in products originating from sustainably managed tropical forests to contribute to sustainable development. ITTO encourages sustainable tropical-forest-based industries and trade through dialogue, partnerships, policy development and projects.
ITTO works to improve market intelligence and increase transparency in international timber markets, including by: publishing market trends and trade news from around the world, as well as indicative prices for over 400 tropical timber and added-value products; compiling statistics on the global production and trade of timber, with an emphasis on the tropics; working with members to improve forest law enforcement, governance and trade; reviewing market access; promoting forest certification, green supply chains and environmental services; and assisting members in their efforts to market sustainably produced tropical timber and non-timber products.

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