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Ten-year growth in wood chips trade expected to continue

The amount of wood chips traded during the last ten years has increased markedly to the benefit of the bulk market. The export will continue to increase, shows a new report from Wood Resources International.

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Wood chip trading has seen a significant growth during the last ten years. Excepting the year of crisis in 2009, wood chip trading has increased each year from 2000 to 2012. This emerges from a new report by Wood Resources International, which also expects continued future growth in wood chip trading, a development that will benefit bulk shipping.

“From 2009 to 2012, global chip trade increased by 6.5 million tons to just over 21 million tons, valued at over five billion US dollars, slightly below the all-time high reached in 2011,” reveals the report from Wood Resource Quarterly.

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