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Investigation of padauk shipment from Congo to EU impacts prices

In early July Belgian Customs blocked the release of a shipment of padouk sawnwood dispatched from Gabon. The Belgian authorities [...]

Finland’s softwood lumber exports move from China to Egypt

Finnish softwood lumber exports to the world increased by 5% in the first five months of 2019. The softwood lumber [...]

Africa a growth market for furniture

Several African countries have good potential to develop their furniture industry, both for expanding internal consumption and for export markets [...]

Seized cargo with alleged illegal sawn tropical timber in the port of Antwerp, Greenpeace says

A cargo of precious sawn tropical timber (padoek) from Africa is currently blocked in the Belgian port of Antwerp after [...]

Corruption scandal hits hard Gabon’s timber industry

Tropical timber is piling up at Gabon's main port as the country's logging industry reels from a corruption [...]

Rising Dutch imports of FLEGT licensed timber

FLEGT licensing is helping importers to comply with EUTR, while the forest sector reforms and new procedures implemented during the [...]

Dutch and Belgian importers’ views on FLEGT

Although the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) has narrowed the supply base for tropical timber imported into the EU, traders in [...]

West Africa: Logs & sawnwood FOB prices for Chinese market under pressure

European markets are uninspiring according to producers. FOB prices remain at the same level as in the past 2 months [...]

Sweden: Collapse in softwood lumber exports to China compensated with booming deliveries to Egypt

Sweden increased softwood lumber exports to Egypt by 68.2% y-o-y in first quarter 2019 to 365.6 [...]