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October 4, 2016

China: Surge in log imports

China: Surge in log imports

According to the Zhejiang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, in the first eight months of 2016, log imports through Huzhou port were more than 143,000 square metres valued at US$64.47 million, up 23% in volume and 25% in value over the same period of 2015.

However, the inspection and quarantine departments faced considerable great challenges as over 60 exotic pests were intercepted at Huzhou port, up about 50% over the same period of 2015.

The main reason for the increase is the great demand for logs from flooring enterprises in Nanxun town of Huzhou city in Zhejiang province. There are more than 400 wood flooring manufacturing enterprises with a capacity of about 100 million square metres which is around 35% of the national total flooring capacity.

In related news the Jiangsu Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has reported that as of the end of August this year log imports through Changshu port exceeded 2 million cubic metres valued at US$246 million. Log imports through Changshu port soared 78% to 361,300 cubic metres in August 2016 alone.

Radiata pine from New Zealand was dominant log species. In addition, imported logs comprised douglas fir, larch, spruce and cedar mainly from Australia, Russia, Japan and the US.

From January to August 2016 log imports from New Zealand rose 7% to 1.66 million cubic metres. However, during the same period log imports from Russia fell about 40% to 88,000 cubic metres.

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