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Editor’s pickUSTR tests Peru’s progress in combatting illegal logging

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Cover image: Peru's forests The United States Trade Representative has asked Peru to verify three timber shipments exported to the U.S. in 2017 complied with all Peruvian laws and regulations. The request was made on behalf of the Interagency Committee on Trade in Timber Products from Peru (Timber Committee). “Strong monitoring and …

Editor’s pickResearchers develop new DNA database to reduce deforestation in Amazon

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Scientists at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) and the Center for Natural Biodiversity in the Netherlands are coming up with a DNA database of trees found in the Amazon region. “The DNA-mark” project is also launched in partnership with other institutions. It will consolidate information on Amazonian species and …

Strong international demand for peeler quality okoume from Gabon

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Prices of Gabon hardwood logs and sawnwood have largely been unchanged from last month with demand assessed as ‘moderate’. Demand comes largely from China, for belli, tali and other heavy species. Producers report very strong demand for good quality okoume peeler logs and slightly better demand for okoume sawnwood. Okoume log prices …

Delays in VAT refund and shipping woes undermines Rougier finances

Rougier, French, Gabon

French timber company Rougier, which has businesses primarily in Gabon, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Cameroon, is said to be in a financial crisis. It is owed EUR8 million in VAT refund credit by Cameroon and another EUR7.6 million by the Republic of Congo and Gabon. There have also been problems shipping out of Douala Port …

Obituary: John Wadsworth, he who helped AHEC


Director and owner of Intermark John Wadsworth passed on the weekend of March 17 at the age of 74. He is well-remembered for this sense of humour and invaluable contribution to the American hardwood industry. Michael Buckley, international wood consultant, pens his farewell. I first came across John and his reputation as a first-class market …

IFFS 2018 successfully met industry needs once again


The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018 (IFFS 2018) had wrapped up yet another successful edition from the 8th to the 11th of March at the Singapore EXPO. The highly-anticipated fair, along with the co-located 35th ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS)and NOOK Asia 2018, attracted over 19,196 trade professionals from 89 countries representing the …

Editor’s pickSoftwood lumber trade topped all-time-high of 126 million m3 in 2017


Trade of softwood lumber reached an all-time-high in 2017 as demand for wood was strong in most key markets around the world, according Wood Resource Quarterly.  An estimated 126 million m3 of softwood lumber was shipped from forest-rich countries such as Canada, Russia, Sweden and Finland to markets with high consumption of lumber, including …