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October 17, 2022

China: Rising demand in construction sector to boost demand for logs; but market outlook still uncertain

Strong increases in demand are expected as the Chinese construction industry kicks into 5th gear and in-market log inventories start depleting at a reasonable rate, leading to price increases. The current log inventory in China is around the 3.7 million m3 mark which equates to around 48 days supply. This is down around 800.000 m3 from a month ago but still not at the level that gives buyers confidence to buy.  In reality, although the October log prices are mostly flat across the exporters (around $133/m3 for A grade), the actual sales price in ...

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