Harvesting in Europe may have reached peak levels and reductions in softwood logs from Europe due to lower harvest levels, more attractive markets nearby and disruptions from the Russia-Ukraine war are likely to create a significant supply challenge in China. Europe accounted for more than 14 million m3 of softwood log imports to China in 2021 out of a total of nearly 52 million m3 or 28%. The primary supply risk is a reduction in sanitary harvesting of beetle damaged trees. A study in 2021 determined that ...
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