Survey shines light on COVID-19 impacts on tropical timber sector

8 May 2020, Yokohama, Japan

Mills like this in Ghana with raw materials and orders are still operating with some restrictions. Photo: T. Yanuariadi/ITTO

A survey by the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS) and the Trade Advisory Group (TAG) in nine tropical countries shows that the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are having substantial impacts on the tropical timber sector, with thousands of workers laid off and demand plummeting. Some governments are providing support for workers and companies, but others are yet to react.

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