Record-high 2013 export of lumber to China

China imported lumber for a record-high USD nine billion in 2013, according to the latest analysis by Wood Resource Quarterly. North America, Russia, and New Zealand are the biggest suppliers.

The Chinese import of lumber and logs reached a record-high in 2013, according to a new analysis from Wood Resource Quarterly, as China imported for a total USD nine billion last year, where the lumber import increased by 19 percent compared to 2012. The country's log import also increased, by 23 percent.

North America, Russia, and New Zealand serve as the primary exporters to China, a country that started to import lumber on a large-scale in 2008, with a 3.6 million m3 import for a total USD 700 million, according Wood Resource Quarterly. Two years later this volume grew to 9.4 million m3, and in 2013 China imported close to 17 million m3 for a total USD 3.6 million.

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