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Japan Wood Products Prices

16-30th November 2009

Japan Wood Products Prices

Dollar Exchange Rates of  28th November 2009

Japan Yen 89.12

Reports From Japan

Bearish plywood markets
The JLR is saying that the continuing weak demand and
uncertain economic outlook is making it extremely
difficult for traders to move either imported or locally
manufactured plywood. Sales in October were particularly
weak, says the JLR, because housing starts remain low and
the prospects for the final month of the year are not good.

Imported plywood inventories are said to be low with
traders having cut back on imports mainly because
exporters are asking higher prices which is out of the
question at the moment given the weak market conditions
in Japan.

Wood promotion
The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and
Fisheries has reportedly established a wood utilisation
promotion team. The objective is to contribute to green
house gas emission reduction efforts. Part of the work of
the team will entail investigating how best to utilise forest
plantation thinnings which are currently left unused in the
plantations. The work will also involve considering
promotion of wood use and investment in processing

Rain season log shortages
The rain season has started early in Borneo and reports are
saying that, even though logging conditions are not that
bad, inventories at the port are lower than normal at this
time of the year. The main problem is that it now takes
longer to get the logs down river from the logging areas.
Shipping delays have been reported, says the JLR, at
Tanjung Mani, Miri port at Kuala Balam and Bintulu.

In its end November issue the Japan Lumber Reports
(JLR) says that Sumitomo Forestry will start marketing
Indonesian made plywood manufactured from certified
raw material and/or with plantation timbers. This is said to
be part of Sumiomo’s effort to extend its contribution to
environmental sustainability. Some revenues will be reinvested
to rehabilitate areas damaged by fires and
indigenous species will be used.


LM        Loyale Merchant, a grade of log parcel  Cu.m         Cubic Metre
QS         Qualite Superieure    Koku         0.278 Cu.m or 120BF
CI          Choix Industriel                                                       FFR            French Franc
CE         Choix Economique                                                        SQ              Sawmill Quality
CS         Choix Supplimentaire      SSQ            Select Sawmill Quality
FOB      Free-on-Board     FAS            Sawnwood Grade First and
KD        Kiln Dry                               Second 
AD        Air Dry        WBP           Water and Boil Proof
Boule    A Log Sawn Through and Through MR              Moisture Resistant
              the boards from one log are bundled                      pc         per piece      
              together                      ea                each      
BB/CC  Plywood grades. Letter(s) on the left indicate face veneer(s), those on the right backing veneer(s). Veneer grade decreases in order B, BB, C, CC, etc. MBF           1000 Board Feet          
              Plywood   MDF           Medium Density Fibreboard
BF         Board Foot F.CFA         CFA Franc        
Sq.Ft     Square Foot  PHND             Pin hole no defect grade
Hoppus ton     1.8 cubic metres              Price has moved up or down

Source: ITTO'  Tropical Timber Market Report

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