Canada’s latest trade push into Asia driven by lumber dispute

With no discernible end to the lumber dispute between Canada and the United States (U.S.), the wood products trade mission British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, makes to Asia every year has taken on a new sense of urgency.

With more than 30 forest products executives, Forest Minister Doug Donaldson’s trip to Asia, including the nations of China and Japan, is the largest so far from B.C.

With the Chinese government conducting a pilot project in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, where wood frames, such as wood roof trusses, and wood hybrid constructions, much like wood infill walls in concrete buildings, are part of its urbanisation programme, as well as to make them more earthquake resistant and reduce the amount of concrete contributing to China’s urban smog and greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, the mission also paid a visit to Japan, B.C.’s long-time customer for high-grade cedar and other lumber utilised in both modern and traditional construction.

“We currently export about a third of our forest products to China and Japan and see more opportunity to grow these markets and to showcase how B.C.’s innovative building materials and can help reduce the environmental impact of the built environment,” Susan Yurkovich, president of the Council of Forest Industries, said to the Columbia Valley Pioneer.

Total softwood lumber export sales from B.C. to China and Japan were at CAD$1 billion (US$780 million) and CAD$725 million (US$563 million).

 

Source: The Columbia Valley Pioneer