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Japan's plywood import trend

Japan, plywood, trend, peaks, troughs

Japan's total plywood imports reflected a variety of factors, a few of which are regional currency movements. Malaysia and Indonesia were the main plywood suppliers to Japan with imports from China trailing at around 25% of those from the top suppliers. Imports of plywood from Indonesia in April picked up to the second highest over the past 12 …

Sweden's forest felling cost in 2015

Sweden, large scale forestry, regeneration

The costs for regeneration felling is increasing in Sweden, with regional differences. In northern Sweden, the cost of regeneration felling (SEK m3/f ub) solid volume excluding bark decreased by 2%, while the costs increased by 4% in southern Sweden compared to the year before. Although thinning costs showed the same tendency to decrease by …

New Zealand's log prices fall

New Zealand, log price, decline, drop

The average wharf gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs dropped to NZ$116 in June compared from NZ$120 a tonne in May, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and saw millers - the lowest level since January's NZ$115 a tonne. Shipping costs to China, the country’s largest log export market, rose to …

PEFC endorses Malaysia's MC&I Forest Plantation.v2

MC&I, Malaysia, PEFC endorsement

The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Plantation Management Certification or the MC&I Forest Plantation.v2 has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) with effect from 13 June 2016. The endorsement of this second edition of the forest plantation standard signifies the commitment of the …

Editor’s pickHernesaaren Löyly in Finland is the country’s first FSC-certified project

FSC, Finland

Hernesaaren Löyly in Finland. Photo credit: Auli Elolahti/ FSC Finland. The first ever FSC project certificate in Finland has been issued by certification body NEPCon to the Löyly sauna complex in downtown Helsinki. Löyly is committed to sustainable business and green construction, making the environment its primary consideration …

Plywood output grows by more than 20% in Guangdong, China

Guangdong, China, plywood

Between January and May 2016, plywood output in Guangdong province, China increased by around 30% to 1.38 million m3. And in May alobe, plywood output grew by over 20% to 254,300 m3, ITTO reported. Thte rapid expansion, attributed by analysts, was the result of the efforts by the government to stimulate sales of the huge housing …

ITTO: Brexit could weaken EU imports of tropical wood in the short term

ITTO, brexit, EU, imports

Tropical wood imports could slow down after the UK leaves the European Union, according to the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). Currently, the UK is the largest importer of tropical timber in the EU. The UK market accounted for around 25% of the total value of tropical wood imported into the EU last year. This includes primary …

New PEFC support office in Vietnam

PEFC, Vietnam. PEFC support office

Photo with Mr. Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Vietnam is well on its way to developing its own national forest certification system in line with PEFC international requirements with a committed government, engaged local stakeholders and a new PEFC support …