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450% rise in European softwood logs export to China; prices down sharply

   15 million m3 of softwood logs have been exported from Europe to China from January to October 2019 [...]

Calls for more softwood planting in Germany

   The proportion of softwood trees in German forests is dropping, as more hardwood planting started decades ago for [...]

Overview of the Russian plywood market; demand and price evolution

   Russian plywood sales in the domestic market fell on average by 24.5% from 2014 to 2018;  [...]

Central European bark beetle crisis puts pressure on Estonian timber prices

   Timber prices in Estonia have started rapidly falling from their spring-time high;   Estonian wood prices [...]

U.S. lumber company allegedly found importing high-risk Peruvian timber

     An investigation by Timberleaks has found that New Orleans, Louisiana-based Robinson Lumber Company has a [...]

Vietnam becomes Japan’s main pellet supplier

The earthquake, tsunami and resulting damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant, triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on [...]

Sawmill closures in New Zealand as overseas market subsidies inflate log prices

Sawmills in New Zealand find it hard to be profitable when overseas competitors can benefit from subsidies, the main timber [...]

Russia: Softwood logs exports collapse in 2019

Russian softwood logs exports dropped by 27% in the third quarter of last year; with exports of spruce roundwood falling [...]

BC’s forest products sector, amid mill shuts, job losses, in worse crisis than during 2008 global meltdown

The crisis facing British Columbia's forest industry is intensifying as markets decline, mills shut and a strike involving 3 [...]

Finland: Highly probable strikes at sawmills and plywood factories could cause damages of EUR 1 billion

If the strikes threatening the forest industry were to happen, the damage could amount to nearly 1 billion euros.   [...]