Chinese logging ban
boosts demand for
The Chinese government has
enacted a ban prohibiting commercial timber harvests in its natural
forests. The ban is designed to counter decades of over-cutting in Chinese
forests, which contributed to a 5 percent drop in the country’s log production
Though the country will need to import more logs, it’s unclear how motivated Chinese buyers will be to compete with domestic sawmills, which are
currently offering high prices.
“To expand the market, they’re going to have to go head-to-head with the
mills,” said Gordon Culbertson, international business director at Forest2Mar-
ket, an Oregon-based consulting firm for wood product companies.
Since 2013, China’s log production has fallen 800 million cubic feet.
in Tennessee, creates
Escue Wood Treated Products, a
manufacturer of pressure-treated
wood, will invest $3.3 million in
a new manufacturing facility in
Tennessee - creating 100 jobs.
The new facility will produce
60 million board feet of treated
pine lumber annually.
“We appreciate the State of
Tennessee and the Department
of Economic Community Development for assisting us on this
project,” said VP Nathan Escue.
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