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Global Trends Review

Major trends of the week in the world’s forest industry.

Tropical hardwood imports held steady in October 2020 in U.S.

December 25, 2020 ` 19:33  
Imports of sawn tropical hardwood rose only 2% in October as imports for 2020 continue to lag far below those of 2019, reports ITTO. The 13,491 m³ imported was more than 38% below the volume imported in October of...

Northwest Hardwoods files for bankruptcy

December 3, 2020 ` 18:59  
US’ hardwood timber giant Northwest Hardwoods has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on November 23rd, saying difficulties from trade disputes with China and the weak markets impacted by COVID-19 pandemic had stunted its ability to service more than $420...

US reduces antidumping duties on Canadian timber

December 3, 2020 ` 18:24  
The U.S. Department of Commerce reduced its penalties against imports of Canadian timber, primarily from B.C. producers, in the softwood timber dispute. An administrative review of countervailing and anti-dumping duties reduced the tariffs to an average of 9%...

Russian Timber Journal 10-2020: European Union is going to conduct an anti-dumping investigation in relation to birch plywood import from Russia, EU may impose duties; interview with Ilya Korotkov, Director General at Cherepovets Plywood and Furniture Mill; Russia is consistently growing the export of larch sawn timber

Russian Timber Journal 10-2020: the European Commission reported the start of the investigation that will determine whether Russian birch plywood import is subject to dumping and whether the European Union industry was harmed; WhatWood Agency had a conversation...

EUTR to become UK domestic legislation starting January 1, 2021

November 12, 2020 ` 19:14  
The European Timber Regulation and Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) will no longer apply in the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021. The European Timber Regulation (EUTR) and FLEGT will become UK domestic legislation as the...

EU27 tropical sawnwood imports down sharply from all major supply countries

November 6, 2020 ` 17:30  
EU27 imports of tropical sawnwood declined sharply from all major supply countries in the first eight months of 2020; down 17% YoY from Cameroon to 182,500 m³, 24% YoY from Brazil to 82,200 m³, 16% YoY from Gabon to 67,900...

Sweden: roundwood prices continue to decrease

October 27, 2020 ` 18:42  
The trend of decreasing delivery prices in Sweden continued during the third quarter of 2020, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The price of pulpwood decreased by 5.9% and the sawlog price by 3%, in...

EU to launch anti-dumping procedure for birch plywood imports from Russia

October 20, 2020 ` 16:54  
Following a complaint brought by the Woodstock Consortium acting on behalf of the Union producers of birch plywood, who represent a majority of the total European Union (EU) production of the product, the EU has launched an anti-dumping...

Japan significantly reduced imports of Russian veneer logs

August 21, 2020 ` 15:44  
The Russian government has been promoting wood processing in the Russian Far East region and log export duty has been raised step by step, which reduced supply of larch logs for plywood manufacturing in Japan. The duty was...