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Australia and Pacific Region

With Chinese trade ban, Australia looks to India as a new market for its timber

With the embargo imposed by China on the importation of Australian logs still in effect, it is becoming a race [...]

Australia’s role as a hardwood chip supplier to China and Japan has dramatically diminished in 2020

Hardwood chip exports from Australia fell 14% from 2018 to 2019, the first y-o-y decline since 2012. Total [...]

Softwood log inventory in China dropping sharply

Softwood log inventory in China has dropped by approximately 14% over the last month to 3.0-3.2m m3 [...]

Wooden surfaces can help in fight against spread of coronavirus

The survival of viruses on wooden surfaces is studied in a project started last summer by the universities of Eastern [...]

Prices for imported softwood timber have skyrocketed in China

Market demand recovery, the ban on imports of Australian logs and rising ocean freight rates have recently triggered a sharp [...]

Solid Chinese demand for New Zealand logs; prices on the rise

Domestic demand for New Zealand logs and sawn timber remains strong with domestic sales of sawn timber exceeding projections.   [...]

India: Log and lumber demand expected to recover starting December

Manufacturing and construction will be relatively quiet in India until late November due to the Diwali festival. Economists suggest this [...]

China: Purchase prices of European spruce logs on the rise

Softwood log inventory in China has reduced by approximately 17% over the last month to 3.6m m3.   [...]