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China high-quality log buying grows,
bypassing U.S. sawmills
In January, Chinese buyers were buying more logs directly
from log exporters, bypassing the U.S. sawmills.
According to Gerald Storey, Storey Sawmill & Lumber Co.,
log exporters were buying better quality material, and they
are paying well above normal market prices for those logs.
Storey Sawmill in Troy, Tennessee, is in the hardwood sawmill and lumber business and works primarily in red oak and
poplar. Gerald Storey has talked to other sawmills in his area.
All the sawmills his company competes with are experiencing
the same thing. Storey
said this Chinese buying started a few years
ago, slowed down
a bit, and now has
picked up again -- big
Two articles relating to potential Chinese attempts to
avoid the U.S.-imposed tariffs on plywood were big this
These new evasion attempts involve the identification
codes placed on every product imported to the U.S.
The 10-digit codes, of which there are around 19,000,
identify products and provide a common language to
bridge different markets.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Chinese wood
exporters are altering these codes to avoid tariffs. WSJ
cited a surging number of U.S. customs rulings on export
classifications as an indication. bit.ly/2Ohgiql
North American wood importers took strong issue in
a separate article. bit.ly/2PPWbzw