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Zhangjiagang posts 4% growth in 2013 timber imports

12 February 2014
Timber imports through the Yangtze port of Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, increased 4 per cent year-on-year in 2013 to 3.07m cubic metres. The value of these imports was up 7 per cent to US$776m. Out of this total, log imports rose 5 per cent to 3.01m cubic metres, while sawn wood imports declined 34 per cent to 58,700 cubic metres, according to the International Tropical Timber Organization.

The volume of timber shipped as bulk cargo rose 4 per cent to 2.9m cubic metres while container shipments increased 11 per cent to 170,000 cubic metres.

Chinese demand for wood products is surging again as a result of a resurgence in the housing market.

Analysts said Zhangjiagang port has improved its clearance efficiency, which contributed to an upturn in business in the second half of 2013.

Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands were the two biggest sources of imported wood, while imports from African countries continued to grow in 2013 and were up 12% on the previous year at 890,000 cubic metres.

     
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