Shipments of tropical sawn wood to Canada increased for the second consecutive month in August, valued at US$2.4 million, up 19% from July. Year-to-August imports were 19% higher than in August 2015.
Myanmar was the third-largest source of Canadian tropical hardwood imports in August after Cameroon and Ecuador. Sawn hardwood imports were worth US$177,769, up 27% from July. Canada eased its economic sanctions against Myanmar in 2012 and reinstated General Preferential Tariff (GPT) and Least Developed Country Tariff (LDCT) status for Myanmar in 2015.
Canadian Imports of most species grew in August with the exception of mahogany. Virola, imbuia and balsa imports (combined) accounted for just under US$0.5 million, up 25% from July.
Sapelli sawn wood imports were worth US$324,393 in August, up 1% compared to the same period last year.