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Substantial growth recorded in China’s sawn timber imports
20 April, 2017
Data from China’s customs authorities shows substantial growth in sawn timber imports in 2016, according to the International Tropical Timber Organisation’s latest market report.
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EU plywood imports rise to near record level
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 EU imports of plywood increased by 8% to 4.13 million m3 in 2016, the second highest level ever recorded, according to the International Tropical Timber Organisation’s latest market report.
Indonesian ambassador “proud” of FLEGT licensing first
Thursday, December 15, 2016 The Indonesian ambassador to the UK Rizal Sukma has said his country’s successful FLEGT-licensing of timber exports to the EU could be “the seeds for a global norm” in regulating and managing environmental challenges.
First FLEGT-licensed timber shipments now bound for UK
Friday, November 18, 2016 UK agents, importers and distributors are preparing for the first shipment of FLEGT-licensed Indonesian timber products, with James Latham and Plaut International among those relishing the landmark.
ITTO suspends project activities due to financial constraints
Monday, June 20, 2016 The International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) has temporarily suspended external meetings and project activities due to financial constraints after learning that its investments may have suffered.
Indonesian delegation woos UK with promise of FLEGT-licensed timber
Thursday, May 12, 2016 Indonesia could now be just three months away from shipping FLEGT-licensed timber to the UK, high ranking Indonesian officials told journalists and timber traders in London earlier this week.
Indonesia moves closer to FLEGT licences
Friday, April 22, 2016 Indonesia is moving closer to being the first nation to start a licensing scheme for legal timber exports to the EU as part of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process.
Indonesian exhibition row over timber legality system
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 A row erupted at last week’s IFEX 2016 Furniture Show over the Timber Legality Assurance System (SVLK) for Export Licensing in Indonesia, according to a TTJ contact in the region.
Chinese wood import value declines 25% in past year
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 The import value of logs and lumber to China has fallen by 25% in 12 months because of declining housing constructions, reports Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).
New Russian sawmill opens
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 A new Russian sawmill near the border with Latvia was officially opened on November 14 in the village of Dedovichi, Pskov region.
Global sawlog prices hit low levels in Q2
Monday, October 05, 2015 The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell in the second quarter to its lowest level in six years, according to industry bulletin the Wood Resource Quarterly.
TTJ to feature sawmill directory
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 An annual sawmill directory will be published in TTJ, starting this November.
Premier sells OSB to China
Thursday, August 13, 2015 One of the UK’s biggest suppliers of timber to the British furniture trade has turned the tables on the traditional supply chain.
Russian sanctions lead to mill sale
Monday, January 19, 2015 Russian sawmiller RusForest has sold its Arkhangelsk sawmill and related assets because the ongoing Ukraine crisis and sanctions against Russia has made modernisation impossible.
Malaysian trade mission boosts exports
Friday, December 12, 2014 A Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) marketing mission to Qatar, Oman and Kuwait has secured around RM6m worth of export orders.
PEFC endorses Indonesian forestry programme
Thursday, December 11, 2014 PEFC’s endorsement of the Indonesian Forestry Certification Co-operation (IFCC) was marked at an event in Jakarta today.
Stenner boosts exports down under
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 Stenner, the sawmill and wood processing machinery supplier, has boosted sales in Australia and last month shipped a second container of ST resaws.
Wood pellet producers look east
Monday, November 03, 2014 Wood pellet exports to Europe from North America reached a plateau at the beginning of the year and have started to decline, according to the North American Wood Fibre Review.
US boosts southern pine sales to China
Monday, November 03, 2014 The US has achieved record exports of southern pine to China under a government agency funded promotion to boost sales.
NZ native timber not popular in earthquake works
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Stacks of rimu beams and other forms of native timber are languishing in recycling yards as authorities get to grips with recent earthquake activity in New Zealand and new regulations on earthquake resilience.
China Accoya dispute costs Accsys £2.5m
Monday, October 13, 2014 The failed bid by Accsys Technologies to end an agreement to bring Accoya modified wood plants to China and South-east Asia will cost the company almost £2.5m.

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