Global timber trade pattern: The cards have changed

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Roda Jean-Marc; Rohana Abd Rahman; Ismariah Ahmad; Lim Hin Fui; Mohd Parid Mamat;
  • Journal: EAS Strategic Options,volume 2,011,issue 08 March,pages14-15
  • Subject: K10 - Production forestière | Mondialisation | | E71 - Commerce international | Produit forestier | Politique de développement | | E14 - Economie et politique du développement | Production du bois | Marché mondial | | brazil, china, midi, asia, europe, globalization, imports, malaysia, market, wood products, economy, industry, wood, exports, supply, international trade, timber trade, tropical timber, fuel wood | | économie forestière | Consommation | | Bois | | | Commerce international | | |

Since the 1960s, the global timber trade has gradually evolved from a South-North trade to a South-South trade, with an acceleration of the phenomenon in the mid 1990s. Nowadays, Asia consumes more than 70% (in round wood equivalent) of the forest products originating f... View more
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    Since World War II (1939-1945), the international trade of tropical timbers evolved into three main phases (Figure 3). The !rst phase was a fast increase of the volume traded at world scale, driven by Japanese demand. It stabilised with the !rst oil shock in 1973. The second phase of relatively stable exchanges, extended up to the mid 1990s. The third phase witnessed again a rapid increase of the volume traded, this time driven by the Chinese demand, until world !nancial crisis of 2008, which may began a fourth phase, probably a plateau as well, because of the limits of the tropical forest

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