ITTO Previous edition of the “Tropical Timber Market Report” reviews highlights fragility of EU okoumé plywood sector.



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The review by the EU which led to the extension of anti-dumping duties on okoumé plywood manufactured in China has revealed something of a crisis in the EU okoumé plywood industry. The text of the EU review reveals an industry that remains extremely fragile, suffering from very low profit margins, weak demand, and negligible levels of investment.


Also in this issue

  • Ghana lifts rosewood trade ban
  • Regional marketing a challenge for South African companies
  • Massive increase in log cess in Sarawak
  • Myanma Timber Enterprise operations to be open and transparent – Minister
  • Calls in India to make selling logs from private land easier
  • Use more wood for reconstruction in disaster areas – ADEX Peru
  • Japan slowly winning war on deflation
  • Particleboard dominates China’s panel imports
  • UK trade body agrees to mandatory 3rd party plywood testing


Douala gets state-of-the-art gantry Producers in Cameroon report that the recent disruption at the ports has abated and port activity is returning to normal. The port of Douala has undergone improvements and

recently took delivery of a new generation gantry. With this acquisition, financed by Douala International Terminal, the operating company of the container terminal, the port of Douala now has three gantry cranes.

The new gantry was purchased from a Chinese company ZPMC, a specialist in the construction of heavy-lift port equipment. Read more…


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IISD: Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland Launch Conference

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