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African tropical timber: Asian buyers slowly returning; prices for EU market up

It has been reported that buyers for the Chinese and other Asian markets are slowly returning. The current emphasis is [...]

West African tropical timber exports driven down by pandemic

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has adversely affected West Africa’s export markets, imports, foreign investment, tourism and remittances [...]

No strong COVID-19 signs in EU tropical timber import data

EU27 (i.e. excluding the UK) tropical timber product imports continued to defy expectations of COVID-19 driven collapse in [...]

Demand for African tropical timber weakens in Europe

The impact of pandemic control measures have hit West African timber producers across the region hard, coming as it has [...]

About 40% of Chinese factories in Gabon have ceased production

It is estimated that about 40% of Gabon’s Chinese factories have ceased production. In some cases, the plywood plants [...]

UK tropical wood trade succumbs to pandemic impact

The value of UK imports of tropical wood products was US$360 million in the first four months of 2020 [...]

Global lumber producers see surprising improvement in profitability in early 2020

The US South and British Columbia have historically been the lowest-cost lumber-producing regions of North America. However, in [...]

No pandemic impact in March tropical timber trade data

The lack of any strong COVID signal in the tropical timber trade data to the end of March is more [...]

Tropical market developments in West Africa seem a distant dream

It is becoming increasingly difficult to get trade news from West Africa. Communication channels have not been affected by pandemic [...]