Asia & Middle East

Global lumber markets benefit from rising prices

Lumber prices have increased worldwide in the second half of 2020 with US prices almost doubling  Lumber Markets [...]

Facing Chinese trade ban, Australia looks to India as a new market for its timber

With the embargo imposed by China on the importation of Australian logs still in effect, it is becoming a race [...]

Australia’s role as a hardwood chip supplier to China and Japan dramatically diminished

    Hardwood chip exports from Australia fell 14% from 2018 to 2019, the first y-o-y [...]

Vietnam’s wood exports in line to hit another record in 2020

Vietnam's wood export turnover this year is expected to reach a record high of nearly US$12.5 billion [...]

China running out of softwood logs

Softwood log inventory in China has dropped by approximately 14% over the last month to 3.0-3.2m m3 [...]

IKEA plans to enter Indian wood market delayed

IKEA India’s plans to enter in the wood market have been delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  [...]

China-Europe container rates continue to skyrocket; price pressure in wood industry

The China-Europe container crisis has escalated over the past week, with container prices reaching new highs, while the container [...]

Wooden surfaces can fight against spread of coronavirus

The survival of viruses on wooden surfaces is studied in a project started last summer by the universities of Eastern [...]

Good Chinese demand for New Zealand logs; prices on the rise

    Domestic demand for New Zealand logs and sawn timber remains strong with domestic sales of sawn [...]

Japanese pellet imports expected to exceed 2 million tons in 2020

Japan imported a record 1.6 million metric tons of wood pellets last year, primarily from Vietnam and Canada. Wood [...]