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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 [...]

EU tropical wood trade strong in the first quarter of 2019

The EU’s trade in tropical wood products was more buoyant in the first quarter this year compared to the [...]

US/China dispute undermining confidence of African wood products traders

The likely impact of a prolonged trade dispute between China and the US is undermining the confidence of producers.  [...]

EU tropical timber imports rising since mid-2018

Total value of tropical wood imports into the EU increased slightly in 2018, although at a slower rate than imports [...]

Antwerp to host this year’s International Softwood Conference

Antwerp, on the crossroads of international trade and a major harbour for wood and wood products, will be the host [...]

Building on tropical hardwood’s construction potential

Advocacy for using timber as a mainstream modern construction material is increasing in Europe and other regions. Faced with the [...]

Global sawmill sector’s shrinking profit margins in late 2018

Softwood lumber prices have generally fallen faster than the costs for sawlogs throughout the world in late 2018, resulting in [...]

Trade impact of FLEGT licensing

Based on structured interviews with around 150 companies in the seven main EU markets for tropical timber products (Belgium, France [...]