Imports of logs and wood-based panels fell sharply in volume and price 2019

Imports of logs and wood-based panels fell sharply in volume and price

Since this year, in the face of the continuing weak recovery of the international economy, the continuing downturn of Global trade and the weak economic development of many countries, the trend of “anti-globalization” represented by protectionism and unilateralism has risen, the factors of instability and uncertainty have increased, the international market for wood processing products has shrunk, and the production of some countries in Southeast Asia has declined. Products with low cost advantage seize the opportunity to seize the international market.

I. Import Situation

01. Import of logs

In the first half of the year, China’s log importing countries ranked mainly by import volume: New Zealand, Russia, the United States, Australia and Germany. In order to meet the demand of the market, besides importing large countries from traditional logs, logs are also imported from Solomon Islands, Uruguay and Equatorial Guinea. In addition, due to the serious forest resources in Japan, this part of the forest must be cut down. Therefore, the number of logs imported from Japan has been increasing in recent years.

02. The import volume of monthly sawn timber in the first half of the year is new low

China’s traditional sawn timber import countries rank as follows: Russia (accounting for 44.43% of China’s sawn timber import), Canada, Thailand, the United States and Finland. (Since this year, Thailand imported sawn timber (mainly rubber timber) from Thailand has steadily fallen from the second place in previous years to the third place due to the reduction of furniture use in China.) In addition to importing sawn timber from the above-mentioned countries, according to market needs, sawn timber is also imported from Chile, Gabon, New Zealand, Indonesia and other countries.

03. Reduction of Particleboard Import

The main importing countries are Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.

04. Decrease in imports of various density boards

The main importing countries are New Zealand, Germany, Belgium and Australia.

05. Plywood imports continue to decline

The main importing countries are Russia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Export of Wood Processing Products

1. Due to the shrinkage of the international market of wood processing products and the fact that some enterprises in Southeast Asian countries seize the market with low cost advantages and low prices, the international market competition is fierce, and the export of wood products in China is sluggish, which makes China’s medium and high density fiberboard (including reinforced wood flooring), plywood (including solid wood composite flooring) and wood. Exports of quality furniture have encountered unprecedented difficulties.

Wood-based panel export

01. Decrease in the number of plywood exports

02. Decrease in the number of fiberboard exports

The top five exporters of fiberboard are the United States, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Russia.

03. Particleboard Export Growth

The top five countries in terms of exports are Chile, Mongolia, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea and the United States.

04. Furniture export volume and amount declined and the benefit was poor

The United States is the most important furniture exporter in our country. Since the trade war, the United States has been on the contrary, trying to suppress China’s exports by raising tariffs. In recent years, furniture from some countries such as Vietnam has seized the market with low price advantage, which has seriously affected China’s export of wood furniture, especially to the United States.

As the international timber processing products market shrinks, some developed countries set up various economic barriers to continuously suppress China’s timber processing products trade, and Vietnam and other countries adopt various preferential policies on the timber processing industry (exemption of import taxes on raw materials and equipment), attracting many timber processing enterprises, especially Taiwan. Foreign-funded enterprises moved into Vietnam, and their furniture seized the international market such as the United States with low cost advantage, including entering the Chinese market, which made it difficult for Chinese wooden furniture. Therefore, it is hoped that the state will introduce preferential policies to support the timber processing industry in the value-added tax. In addition, in this “supply-side reform”, the timber processing industry itself will continue to eliminate backward production capacity, improve product quality and added value, how to transform and upgrade, and face the new situation and new challenges of the market and trade of forest products. Fighting, formulate the development strategy of enterprises, according to the new market needs, constantly innovate in the quality and style of products, while seizing opportunities for export development, cultivate and seize the domestic market. In addition, we should expand and expand exports to the countries along the Silk Road with the national policy of “one belt and one road” and “innovation strategy”.

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