China to surpass Japan as the world's largest hardwood chip importer by 2014
Thursday April 12, 2012
Chinese hardwood chip imports will double from 6.3 million Bone Dry Metric Tons (BDMT) in 2011, to 12.7 million BDMT in 2016. Japan's imports of hardwood chips will drop from 9.9 million BMDT to 8.6 million BDMT in the same period, the lowest volume of imports since 1993. This is the forecast published in the 2012 International Pulpwood Trade Review yesterday, by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.
China's imports of hardwood chips have increased six-fold over the last four years (2008 to 2011), from 1 to 6.2 million BDMT. This surge in volume was the result of large new pulp mills being built in China near port facilities. The expected construction of a series of new pulp mills over the next several years will drive China's demand for hardwood chips even higher. While China's demand grows, Japan's projected decrease in domestic production of Bleached Hardwood Kraft Pulp (BHKP) will continue to diminish its demand for imported hardwood chips.
International Pulpwood Trade Review is authored by Robert Flynn, Director of International timber at RISI and Dennis Nielson, Director of DANA Ltd. Together they share over 60 years experience in the forest industry, analyzing trade and consulting clients globally.
"This report has long been the standard for those in the business of international trade of woodchips, pulplogs and biomass fiber. It examines the markets for globally traded pulpwood fiber and pulpwood resources for domestic and export supply in more than 35 countries until 2016," said Flynn.
Included in International Pulpwood Trade Review are:
A listing of Wood Pulp Projects 2011-2015 in China
Global fiber trade forecast 2012-2016
Analysis of International Trade in Biomass Chips and Pellets
Profiles of more than 70 woodchip export facilities (covering every woodchip supplier, on a port by port basis with: species exported, volumes, trading company partners, end-use customers, and details on available resources)
Direct Contact Details for Woodchip and Pulplog Suppliers and Buyers in the Pacific and Atlantic Markets
A Complete List of Woodchip Carriers by Age, Size, Owner and Charterer
For more information about the 2012 International Pulpwood Trade Review visit www.risi.com/tradepulpwood
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