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Global - Pacific Rim - Scan - Turkey - New record high for globally traded wood chips in 2016
New record high for globally traded wood chips in 2016 with the Pacific Rim accounting for 70% of total imports followed by Finland, Sweden and Turkey, r eports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

Over the past 15 years, global trade of wood chips has gone up almost 75%, mainly because of major expansion of pulp capacity in China, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. By far the two largest importing countries are China and Japan, followed by Finland, Sweden and Turkey.

Global trade of wood chips has seen spectacular development the past 15 years with a steady increase of about four percent annually (volumes y ear - over - year were up 11 of the past 14 years) , according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ) . In 2016, an estimated 35.6 million tons were shipped, predominantly to pulp mills in China and Japan, which can be compared to only 21 million tons 15 years ago. While trade of hardwood chips reached a record high in 2016, shipments of softwood chips have levelled out the past few years with 2016 volumes being slightly lower than the ten - year average.

Japan and China are by far the two dominant consumers of globally traded wood chips. Their dominance is particularly accentuated for hardwood chips, where they imported 84 percent of the world’s total imports in 2016, up from 75 percent in 2007. C hina has surpassed Japan as the largest importer of chips in the world, and with expansion of pulp capacity on the horizon in China, it is likely that the country will be the number one destination for wood chips for many years to come.

The major sources of hardwood chips for the two dominan t importers include (in ranking order in the 4Q/16); Vietnam, Australia, Chile and South Africa. The biggest change on the supply side the past three years has been the sharp increases in hardwood chip shipments from Australia , South Africa, Brazil and Chile, while exports have fallen from Indonesia, Uruguay and Thailand.

About 30% of global chip trade occurs outside of the Pacific Rim with Finland, Sweden and Turkey being the major destinations. The Finnish forest industry has long been reliant on both logs a nd wood chips from neighboring Russia and the Baltic States. In 2016, Finland imported almost 1.7 million tons of chips to its country’s pulp industry, of which a majority was softwood chips from Russia. Current import volumes are down about 25% from five years ago, partly because of increased availability of domestic chips and higher usage of pulplogs.

The f ifth country on the ranking list for chip importers in 2016 is Turkey, which has become a major chip destination in just the past five years. This is the only major country that is not importing wood fiber for the manufacturing of wood pulp. Instead, the imported wood chips are consumed by a large and expanding MDF industry.

Gl obal lumber, sawlog and pulpwood market reporting is included in th e 52 - page quarterly publication Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The report, which was established in 1988 and has subscribers in over 30 countries, tracks sawlog, pulpwood, lumber and pellet prices, trade and market developments in most key regions around t he world. To subscribe to the WRQ, please go to www.woodprices.com.

Source: WRQ

Apr 2017

 

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