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Wood pellets production and demand grows in Asia; prices are rising

Increases in Vietnam’s wood pellet spot prices accelerated during the third quarter of 2017, boosted by strengthening Japanese and [...]

Japan’s sawnwood exports grew by 60% this year

Japan's lumber exports have significantly increased during the last two years. For the first eight months of this year [...]

Sawmills in the US Northwest struggle to build log inventories for the winter season

Sawmills and pulpmills in the US Northwest have been struggling to build log inventories for the winter season because of [...]

UK: Currency devaluation and Brexit likely to negatively impact softwood imports in 2018

A slowdown in the softwood imports in the UK is forecast for 2018. Growth is expected to slump to just [...]

Logging ban in Chinese forests to boom demand for foreign logs

A ban on commercial logging natural forests in China will likely improve the country's demand for foreign logs. Even [...]

UK: Pressure mounts for imports of certified timber

The pressure on UK importers to purchase only certified material is mounting. Many of the UK’s largest timber distributors [...]

The value of Russian softwood lumber exports went up by 22.72%

Following the results of the first nine months of 2017, Russia again increased the export of softwood lumber, both in [...]

Indonesia: Bright prospects in furniture export markets

Panggah Susanto, Director General of Agro Industries within the Ministry of Industry (Kemenperin), is on record as saying within two [...]

UK sawn hardwood market holds up well despite Brexit concerns

While imports of tropical sawn hardwood into the eurozone countries have failed to live up to expectations in 2017, having [...]

UK wood pellets growing demand fuels rise in Canadian exports

Exports of Canadian wood pellets used as biomass fuel have increased by 46% in 2016, when the UK demand boomed [...]