Log imports through China’s Huzhou port amounted to more than 143,000sqm in the first eight months of 2016 valued at US$64.47 million, up 23% in volume and 25% in value over the same period of 2015, according to the Zhejiang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.
The volume spike is due to demand for logs from flooring enterprises in Nanxun which is home to more than 400 wood flooring companies, accounting for about 35% of the country’s total flooring production capacity.
However, the inspection and quarantine department faced considerable challenges as over 60 exotic pests were intercepted at Huzhou port, almost doubling the amount compared to the same period of 2015.
The Jiangsu Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau also reported that as at the end of August this year log imports through Changshu port exceeded two million cubic metres valued at US$246 million. Log imports through Changshu port soared 78% to 361,300m3 in August 2016 alone.
Radiata Pine from New Zealand was dominant log species. In addition, imported logs comprised Douglas Fir, Larch, Spruce and Cedar mainly from Australia, Russia, Japan and USA. From January to August 2016 log imports from New Zealand rose 7% to 1.66 million cubic metres. However, during the same period log imports from Russia fell about 40% to 88,000m3.