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Softwood update: Russian and Belarussian wood in the spotlight
16 March, 2022
As the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia unfolds and the subsequent humanitarian crisis there grips the world’s attention, trade actions and government sanctions are being imposed by the UK, the EU and countries across the globe, writes TTJ’s Softwood Specialist.
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Producers Bemoan "Dull" European Markets
Monday, March 20, 2017 Markets in Asia, the Middle and Far East are giving more grounds for optimism for West African producers than “dull” European markets, reports TTJ’s West Africa markets specialist
Hardwood recovers buoyancy post-Brexit
Friday, August 19, 2016 The UK hardwood sector seems to be weathering the immediate currency and confidence impacts of the EU referendum; it’s passing price rises on and forecasts a good to firm second half. Mike Jeffree reports
Shippers react to Brexit
Friday, August 19, 2016 The UK’s vote to leave the EU has had a dramatic affect on imported softwood prices, but demand continues to hold up
Steady progress
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Price stability for West African timber and wood products has been a feature of the recent market
Heath boost for Swedish mills
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Market conditions have improved for Swedish sawmills and their Q2 results are expected to show a substantial improvement. Stephen Powney reports.
Uncertainty hangs over markets
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Some markets are providing good business for Finnish mills but exchange rates changes are causing uncertainty. Keren Fallwell reports.
The key to stability
Monday, March 21, 2016 Europe currently holds the key to overall market stability in the tropical timber market
Waiting Game
Monday, March 21, 2016 Pressure exists from Northern European mills for increased prices after Sterling’s recent fall but patience may be required before shippers’ can claw back the currency reduction in the UK
Baltic mills look for improvements
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Export market conditions for Baltic sawmillers were challenging in 2015 but they are hoping for improvements this year. Stephen Powney reports
No records broken but budgets met
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 The UK hardwood sector may be dealing with numerous issues besides buying and selling timber, but reports business as relatively stable through 2015. Mike Jeffree reports
Celtic phoenix rises
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Ireland’s economy is growing but for the country’s sawmills, the UK remains their focus. Keren Fallwell reports
African hardwood prospects
Monday, January 25, 2016 Reliance on markets other than China will hold the key to prospects for West African timber producers in 2016
Irish Growth
Monday, December 21, 2015 Following on from our coverage on the recent FEFPEB pallet congress in Ireland, we ask pallet entrepreneur Sean Lehane, owner of Mid Cork Pallets, about the development of his business and how he sees the wider market situation in Ireland.
Currency shapes softwood trends
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Softwood inventories remain high in the UK, but some gaps in specifications are appearingand demand levels reportedly improved in the run-up to November. Jerry Wilson reports
Mills hold price solidarity
Friday, November 20, 2015 West and Central African hardwood producers have held their price solidarity in spite of several negative market factors
China Hits Brakes after Stock Slide
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 The recent stock market maelstrom in China has had an impact on the Asian timber markets
Demonstrate legality, or lose your markets
Monday, September 21, 2015 Proving timber is not illegally sourced is a demanding process. But European markets for tropical timber will continue to shrink and become more specialised if legality measures are not broadly adopted, says Robert Simpson, programme manager at the UN FAO for the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Initiative.
Commodity Softwood Price Challenge
Thursday, August 20, 2015 High stock levels and falling prices have been a recent feature in the softwood trade, reports Jerry Wilson
Changing Times
Monday, July 20, 2015 The first two months of 2015 brought a change in markets for West & Central African timbers, ending the 2014 general upwards trend in both price and demand.

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