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Report from Brazil: Nov 2017 export update

09-02-2018

Total exports of wood-based products increased 14.9 per cent YoY to US$243.2 million. Compared to the same month a year earlier, the value of pine sawnwood exports increased 35 per cent to US$32.5 million. In terms of volume, exports increased 29 per cent to 213,700cbm. Tropical sawnwood exports also increased, rising 33 per cent in volume to …

Burmese government cuts teak production and embargoes private timber operations

09-02-2018

According to the Naypyitaw Forestry Department, the government of Myanmar has ordered that timber production in the country be cut by 40 per cent in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, while completely prohibiting private timber operations altogether. Across the forests in the nation, the department will oversee the production of 350,000 tons of hardwood …

Future looks bright for U.S. furniture industry as economy picks up

08-02-2018

America imported four per cent more wooden furniture in Nov 2017. Except for Canada and India, most countries sold more to the US. Malaysia was the top exporter in November. In terms of products, kitchen furniture saw the greatest leap, followed by upholstered and non-upholstered seating and bedroom furniture. Office furniture declined. The US …

Brazil furniture exporters urged to diversify markets

08-02-2018

Brazil’s residential furniture exports may reach U$633.5 million, almost seven per cent higher in 2017 compared to 2016, but analysts say this is nothing to cheer about. Half of the total were shipped to only three countries: the U.S., UK and Argentina. The three markets accounted for about 47 per cent of the total, just one per cent higher …

Södra Wood joins Builders Merchant Federation in UK

08-02-2018

Södra Wood has become a member of the Builders Merchant Federation, boosting its role in the future of wood construction. Södra sales director, Nigel Buckley-Ryan, said, “We’re delighted to have joined the BMF. We care deeply about our industry and more than ever, with timber being so vital to the future of construction, …

Russia slaps 6.5% duties on log exports, could reach 80% by 2020

07-02-2018

Russian logs going out of the country will now be slapped with a 6.5 per cent export duty. It will be increased progressively and could reach as high as 80 per cent by 2021 The new customs law deters log exports and encourages wood processing in the Far East regions. However logs unsuitable for processing are exempted from this duty but the …

Editor’s pickFinland boosts efforts in sustainable forestry

07-02-2018

Finland is furthering efforts in sustainable forestry management practices with a new research that studies the future of its commercial forests. The study, a joint effort between the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), examines the impact of forest management and protection on the forest …

Management changes at Raute

07-02-2018

Raute has appointed Olli-Pekka Vanhanen as Group Vice President, CFO of Raute Group. He will become a member of Raute Group’s Executive Board and report to President and CEO Tapani Kiiski. Mr Vanhanen take on this position by May 1, 2018. Mr Vanhanen has experience in financial administration and management in Wärtsilä, Cargotec, …

Editor’s pickSouthern Pine lumber exports reach record $312 million in 2017

07-02-2018

Exports of Southern pine lumber reached a record US$312 million in 2017. Of this volume, exports of pressure-treated lumber also hit an all-time high of US$175 million, a 28 per cent increase from the previous year, according to the Southern Forest Products Association. “Rising demand for Southern pine lumber is undeniably linked to the …