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Japan’s wooden door imports rose 10 per cent in January

26-03-2019
Japan, lumber

A report published by Japan Lumber Reports (JLR) has observed an increase in the value of the country’s January imports of wooden doors as compared to December 2018, with a 10 per cent increase recorded. Four supply countries accounted for approximately 90 per cent of all Japan’s wooden door imports: China (60 per cent), the …

Japan furniture imports down 16 per cent in 2018

04-03-2019
Japan, furniture, report

Japan’s 2018 furniture imports showed a decline of 16 per cent, according to a report issued by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO). In 2018 the top suppliers in order of rank were China (62 per cent), Poland and Italy (six per cent each), the USA (five per cent) and Portugal (four per cent). The top five shippers of …

Editor’s pickThe Beehive House by Jima Design

19-09-2018
Beehive House, Jima Design, Japan

The Beehive House in Japan is a home designed to stimulate the mind and the body. The interiors play around the idea of a beehive structure, while the overall design is based on the traditional Japanese Castle. The clients are castle enthusiasts and the father of the family is an amateur theatre director, hence the unusual request for a house that …

Jump in landed cost of North America logs

14-09-2018
landed cost, timber, China, trade war, plywood, import, Japan

Traders in China are blaming the depreciation of RMB and the trade war between China and the U.S. for the 30 per cent jump in the landed cost of imported North American logs. Despite the lowered log prices by U.S. shippers to maintain market share in China, the higher costs continue to be a major challenge to Chinese importers. However, landed …

Editor’s pickB.C. forest companies look to Asia

26-07-2018
British Columbia, lumber, value added wood products, BC Wood, two-by-four housing, Japan, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, India

Despite the housing boom in the United States in the last few years driving up demand for British Columbia (B.C.) wood products, Asia remains a crucial market as Canada seeks to diversify its global market presence. Several industry officials have recently highlighted the potential in expanding existing markets like China and Japan, as well as …