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Reports

The Reports section contains GTF and timber sector reports, analysis and statistics.

  • ITTO publishes end of September market report

    ITTO has released its end of September 2016 market report. Topics covered include the state of the Brazilian furniture market, African tropical timber markets, Japan’s and Malaysia’s tropical timber exports and prospects for FLEGT licensed timber from Indonesia on the EU market, among other things.

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  • ITTO resumes twice monthly reporting

    The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS), is being published twice each month again after switching to monthly publication during the summer. The Report aims to improve transparency in the international tropical timber market.

    The early September edition covers African and South-East Asian timber prices and markets, Indonesian FLEGT licensing, developments in Myanmar, Indian anti-dumping duties on MDF, Amazon furniture, and Chinese plywood.

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  • ITTO Market Report August 2016

    The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS), is published in English with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market. The TTM provides market trends and trade news from around the world, as well as indicative prices for over 400 tropical timber and added-value products.

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  • ETTF dedicates newsletter to Indonesian FLEGT licenses

    The ETTF has produced a special edition of the ETTF Newsletter to mark the announcement that Indonesia will issue the first ever FLEGT licenses in November. It contains background information on the Indonesian V-Legal legality assurance system, Indonesian-EU trade in wood and wood-based products and the implementation of the Indonesian VPA. Moreover, EC Environmental Commissioner Karmenu Vella gave an interview that describes the EU FLEGT Action Plan as making a major contribution to improving forest governance and combatting illegal wood worldwide. The newsletter also gives an overview of the VPA process in general and asks EU importers, traders, association heads and certification bodies’ views on the arrival of FLEGT licensing.

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  • FLEGT’s ‘slow progress’ underlines potential of GTF’s private timber sector role

    Serious criticism of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT) over its slow progress has underlined the value of the role of organisations, like the Global Timber Forum (GTF). GTF supports the private sector in the introduction of illegal timber due diligence risk assessment and other strategies to satisfy market legality requirements and facilitate wider industry development.

    In its hard-hitting 50-page report,’EU support to timber-producing countries under the FLEGT action plan‘, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) described the results of the FLEGT programme since its 2003 launch as meagre. This despite expenditure of €300 million. Its criticism is also levelled at both implementation of FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with supplier countries and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

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  • Report brings Myanmar private forest and timber sector needs into focus

    A major report has been completed into the business, market and environmental policy development needs of Myanmar’s private forest and timber sector; Myanmar increasingly engages with the international market and its legality and sustainability requirements.

    The 33-page analysis has been undertaken by the 1000-member Myanmar Forest Products Merchants Federation (MFPMF), with input, support and guidance from the Global Timber Forum (GTF).

    A core focus of the report is gearing the private sector to adapt to the legality assurance requirements of an EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA). This follows the Myanmar government’s indication of its intention to pursue a VPA and launch of a FLEGT Task Force.  In fact the report is titled “Identifying needs to improve private sector engagement in the EU FLEGT VPA process”.

    But the MFPMF project – which was developed with the GTF and involved a comprehensive industry survey – also takes a wider perspective. It asks how the private sector should develop as its marketplace evolves and companies look to capitalise on such initiatives as the government’s National Forest Products Export Strategy, which targets value-added business.

    It examines the organisation levels and cohesion of the private sector, and other key factors for its future including working with community forestry, which government  aims to develop.

    The MFPMF based its findings on in-depth interviews with timber operators, across the sector, not just its members. It also organised workshops and focus groups to gauge opinions and needs.

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  • ITTO Tropical Timber Market report

    The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS), is published in English every two weeks, with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market. The TTM provides market trends and trade news from around the world, as well as indicative prices for over 400 tropical timber and added-value products.

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  • Wood promotion on the way to a brighter future

    Wood promotion and marketing has had to deal with a number of challenges in the past. Part of the problem is the sector’s fragmentation. Another critical factor keeping timber marketing on the back foot has been the environmental issues. For a long time the industry has been portrayed as a chief culprit in deforestation, which, in turn, more recently has been linked with climate change.

    Moreover, rival industries such as steel, aluminium, concrete and plastic comprise fewer bigger operators. They have found it easier to adopt common messaging and get behind industry-wide marketing, which has often been negative and targeted at wood.

    However, today – with an increasingly positive environmental story to tell – the marketing opportunities for timber are growing. There’s a feeling internationally, in the words of one former EU industry association head, “that we are potentially entering a golden age for wood”.

    Against this background, the Global Timber Forum has carried out an online analysis of wood promotion projects and a survey of experts, to take a closer look at where wood promotion stands today, where there are examples of good practice and what more can be done in the future.

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  • Drilling down into Due Diligence – A GTF report

    If there’s a key to the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) doing its job and keeping illegal timber off the EU market, it’s effective exercise of due diligence by the legitimate trade. That’s why the Global Timber Forum (GTF) has undertaken an international Supplier and Consumer Due Diligence Analysis, to find out just how well companies understand the concept and put it into practice.

    Under report author George White, a team of interviewers put a set questionnaire to 27 EU ‘operator’ importers, which have to undertake due diligence illegality risk assessment of all suppliers under the EUTR. They also quizzed 15 supplier companies (all in tropical countries), which today face a mass of due diligence documentation and inquiries from customers EU-wide.

    Critically, they focused on small to medium sized enterprises, which not only comprise a large part of the timber sector, but may find due diligence more of a burden as they have fewer resources to devote to it.

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