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After final determination, softwood lumber duties have gone down


After making its final determination of lumber duties that have been plaguing Canadian softwood lumber, the United States (U.S.) Department of Commerce has revealed that it will be applied to most of the shipments of Canadian softwood lumber that would be entering the U.S. According to the BC Local, the final countervailing duty rate has been …

Editor’s pickFSC connects suppliers and buyers at inaugural APAC meeting

FSC, Hanoi, Vietnam, Asia Pacific

“Diversifying your FSC Supply: Connecting Suppliers and Buyers”, the first FSC Asia Pacific regional business forum held at Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, Vietnam, on 8 November 2017. The demand for sourcing forestry products responsibly from the Asia Pacific region has increased exponentially. To bridge the gap between sourcing and supplying …

South Africa still "weak" but signs point to an economy out of recession

South Africa, ITTO

South Africa is still “weak and confidence, what little remained, is evaporating fast.” On the political front, the cabinet’s reshuffling has brought about instability, analysts write. Major storms have also hit Johannesburg, and Durban, being so badly affected that the port closed for a few days. News reports say three ships …

Vietnam: Although young, it has already claimed the spotlight


Vietnam has overtaken its peers in the region, becoming the largest buyer of wood processing technology in Southeast Asia. Image credit: VietNamNet Compared to other regional markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, Vietnam is still arguably in its infancy, in regards to wood production and processing. But after years of impressive …

Canada: Lumber trade continues to suffer after brutal wildfire season


A forest fire burns near Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada. Image credit: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press The worst forest-fire season in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, saw fires that raged across the province’s forests pushed timber companies and their employees out of the woods to fight the flames instead of harvesting the material …

Editor’s pickKastamonu commissions Dieffenbacher to relocate plant from France to Bulgaria

Kastamonu, Darbo, France, Bulgaria, Eastern Europe, Dieffenbacher

Former Darbo plant will move to Gorno Sahrane  In March this year, Kastamonu acquired a particleboard plant from French company Darbo. The plant will move to Gorno Sahrane, where it will replace a multi-daylight plant that is over 30 years old. The forming station and CPS at the former Darbo site near Bordeaux Press infeed of the CPS, …

South African softwood suffer weak sales as domestic construction activity falls

South Africa, ITTO, softwood, hardwood, construction, sales, wood-based panels

Imported hardwoods however are facing buoyant sales The final quarter of the year is usually the busiest time for the building sector but pine mills have shown lackluster sales. If current market conditions continue into the New Year, competition for sales will be rife. Many pine mills are still feeling the strain of the last round of log price …

Roseburg selling California timberlands


Roseburg Resources Co. has announced an agreement to sell its California timberlands to a timberland investment vehicle managed by New Forests. The transaction includes 170,000 acres in northern California, United States (U.S.), largely located in the Siskiyou and Shasta counties. Roseburg’s California timberlands are investment-grade with …