March 31, 2014
Tropical logs imports in Europe drop 20%
EU imports of tropical hardwood logs were 186,000 m3 in 2013, down 20% compared to the previous year. Imports of this commodity into France, the main destination, were down 20% at 86,350 cu.m. Imports from all the leading supply countries declined, including Congo (Kinshasa), Congo (Brazzaville), Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Liberia. The decline is due to the combined effects of weak European demand, supply constraints, and regulatory uncertainty. The European okoume plywood manufacturing sector, formerly a major buyer of logs, has struggled to compete during the recession and ...
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