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16-31th March 2013


  Quiet market conditions but prices firming for some timbers
Producers report that, while overall demand from European buyers remains subdued, in recent weeks there has been renewed interest in sawn iroko and other sawn hardwoods such that prices have firmed for a few species.

As anticipated, demand for sapele has increased and prices are beginning to move higher.

Padouk, is in favour again and prices have firmed significantly. Padouk sawnwood, when freshly cut, is a very bright red but over time when exposed to sunlight the colour changes to a warm brown.

Padouks can be confused with rosewoods to which they are related but, as a general rul,e padouk is coarser and has a less decorative figure. Indian buyers are now more active than in past months and this is helping to keep prices stable.

Log exporters anticipate renewed interest from China
Log export prices are largely unchanged even though availability is an issue. If, as expected, buyers for the Chinese market become more active in the next month or two there will be some upward pressure on prices because of a limited supply of logs.

Any increase in demand for okoume logs will have an impact on prices as supply is now much tighter than in recent years. Okoume suppliers in Congo Brazzaville have logs but an export quota system is strictly enforced so the volumes available are limited.

SMEs struggle with EUTR documentation
European buyers are carefully watching the implementation of the EUTR and exporters are struggling to provide EU importers with sufficient documentation on their supply chain detailing every movement of logs from forest to mill and from mill to port.

Meeting importers documentation requirements is a heavy burden on small size exporters as they have difficulty in setting up in-company tracking procedures to satisfy importers.

Export prospects encouraging
Millers report they are keeping production in line with current order levels but are encouraged by the rising number of firm enquiries that are circulating.

Despite the increase in enquiries, producers are not increasing output preferring instead to hold output at modest levels to ensure price stability.


  FC drafts policy to rein in illegal wood in domestic market
The Forestry Commission (FC) of Ghana and Tropenbos International Ghana are jointly working together to draft a policy that will ensure a supply of legal timber to the domestic market.

This joint effort is the result of long consultations between stakeholders, including the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, aimed at finding a viable and lasting solution to the flow of illegally harvested wood products to the domestic market.

The policy is looking to eliminate illegal chainsaw operations while at the same time ensuring an adequate supply of timber to the domestic market.

A key principle of the policy draft is a framework to improve the supply of legal timber to meet annual domestic demand of more than 600,000 cu.m. It is envisaged that existing local mills will supply at least 40% of the demand in the domestic market.

Access to resources through appropriate administrative and legal arrangements will be provided to artisanal mill owners. The policy will also provide for the introduction of a wood-tracking system for the domestic market.

Takoradi Port development to benefit exporters
The port at Takoradi was the first port to be built in Ghana and is now the second largest in the country. The port has, for decades, handled Ghana*s traditional exports which include timber and wood products.

The volume of traffic through Takoradi Port has grown in recent years as much of the oil drilling and exploration equipment comes into the port and there has been an expansion of outgoing shipments such that the port has become increasingly congested.

To address the problem of congestion at the port the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has entered into an agreement with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for work on a first phase of a US$150 mil. Takoradi Port infrastructure development project.

Currently, Takoradi Port has seven berths 每 four multipurpose and one each specifically for manganese, bauxite and oil. Draughts range from nine to 10 metres.

The port has a covered storage area of 140,000 square metres, 250,000 square metres of open storage space and container-holding capacity of 5,000 TEUs.

Takoradi Port handled 53,041 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit) in 2010 up 9% from 47,828 TEUs in 2009. In coming container traffic amounted to 24,127 TEUs and outgoing traffic amounted to 28,914 TEUs.

Vessel movements jumped 33.6% to 1,277 in 2010 from 956 the previous year. Vessel turnaround time in 2010 averaged 2.1 days, down from 3.3 days in 2006.

Total cargo traffic rose 19% to 4.01m tons in 2010, up from 3.37m tons in 2009. Imports totalled 1.72m tons and exports 2.29m tons in 2010 up from 1.26m tons and 2.11m tons respectively in 2009.

The first phase of the port infrastructure development project has already started with the demolition of old structures; dredging of existing berths; construction and extension of breakwaters; building of new berths for bulk cargo such as bauxite, manganese, clinker, etc; building of oil terminals and improvement of access to the port.

When the work is completed the port will be able to handle more traffic and larger vessels. In addition vessel turnaround time should be reduced leading to reduced freight a bonus when shipping traditional commodity products from the port.

President outlines plan to expand manufacturing
In his national address to parliament, Ghana*s President, John Mahama, provided assurances that the government will marshal the collective energy of all stakeholders to facilitate the emergence and growth of a strong manufacturing sector.

He mentioned some key areas that need to be addressed to achieve this goal namely; a review of current tax structure for manufactures to improve competitiveness, establishment of an industrial development fund to support ailing and struggling manufacturing industries and provision of fully serviced industrial plots, especially in the regional capitals.

Fuel prices hike to impact timber sector
The government has announced that prices must be raised by 15 每 20% on all petroleum products because of the soaring price of crude oil on world markets and the cedi/US dollar exchange rate developments over recent months.

Analysts report that an increase in fuel prices will have a negative knock-on effect on prices of all goods and services. Fuel costs are a significant element in wood production costs and an increase in fuel costs will negatively impact profitability in the sector.


  Launch of Malaysian timber legality assurance system (MYTLAS)
Malaysia has not yet concluded a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU and negotiations between the two parties continue.

It appears that the Peninsular Malaysia states (11 states and two federal territories) and the state of Sabah are likely to be the first to conclude a VPA and that the Malaysian state of Sarawak will make arrangements to participate in a VPA later.

Because Malaysia has not yet concluded the VPA negotiations no FLEGT licensed timber is available for export from Malaysia to the EU.

The result of this is that, since the coming into force of the EUTR in March this year, Malaysian exporters have to provide evidence of the legality of exported wood products to EU importers so they can satisfy the due diligence requirements of the EUTR.

To ensure an uninterrupted flow of wood product exports to the EU until a VPA is concluded the Malaysian government has launched its Malaysian Timber Legality Assurance System (MYTLAS) as a credible domestic system to verify the legality of Malaysian wood products.

Though based on the Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) developed under the framework of the FLEGT VPA negotiations with the the EU, MYTLAS and its implementation is a Malaysian initiative without linkage to the EU FLEGT VPA.

Implementation of MYTLAS is subjected to a third party annual auditing to ensure its credibility and acceptance by EU operators in meeting the EUTR due diligence requirements.
The MYTLAS is operated by the Malaysia Timber Industry Board (MTIB) for exporters in Peninsular Malaysia while for exporters in Sabah the MYTLAS will be implemented by the Sabah Forestry Department.

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Nurmala Abdul Rahim, announced on 28 March, the formation of a MYTLAS Advisory Group comprising forestry experts and key MYLAS implementing agencies.

Nurmala said ※the advisory group will consider all aspects in the implementation of MYTLAS and measures to improve it taking into account feedback from stakeholders, market response and capacity building needs§.

Authority for timber licensing in Sabah to move from MTIB to Sabah Forestry Department
The industry in Sabah has been carefully observing the impending shift of licensing authority from the Malaysia Timber Industry Board to the Sabah Forestry Department.

It is now expected that all aspects of licensing of the timber industry will be smoothly transferred to the Sabah Forestry Department by 1 May 2013.

Analysts report that the timber industry in Sabah is working hard with federal and state authorities to get a timber tracking and management systems arranged so that the MYTLAS can function effectively in the state to ensure exporters can satisfy the needs of EU importers who must meet the requirements of the EUTR.

Poor weather conditions hamper harvesting in Sabah
Over the past weeks Sabah log FOB prices have increased slightly due to a scarcity of supply caused by unfavourable weather which is disrupting harvesting operations.

The weaker yen has added around US$ 10 每 20 per cu.m to log FOB prices for the Japanese market. As trading conditions are subdued, it is reported that kapur regular quality logs for the Japanese market are priced at around US$ 130 per cu.m CIF.

Sarawak industry struggles to attract local workers despite increased minimum wage
The Sarawak Timber Association (STA) chairman, Wong Kie Yik, in addressing the association*s annual general meeting on 28 March, called on the government to help solve the labour problems faced by the timber industry.

He said that despite the introduction of a higher minimum wage, STA members are still facing problems in finding workers. The STA believes the problem is mainly that working in the timber industry is not attractive to the domestic workforce especially as most enterprises are located in remote rural locations.

As a result said Wong, the industry has relied mostly on foreign labour.

Log exporters encouraged by active buying from India and China
Sarawak timber exports in 2012 totalled RM 7.46 billion (approximately US$ 2.39 billion), a 5% increase on levels in 2011.

Plywood made up 53% of total exports, logs just 24% and sawntimber 11%. Japan remained the state*s biggest buyer of wood products accounting for 38% of all exports in 2012.

STA statistics show that log production in 2012 was 9,458,563 cu.m, down from 9,610,434 cu.m in 2011. In the first two months of 2013, Sarawak produced 1,185,371 cu.m of logs.

Indicative export prices for Sarawak 2.7mm MR, BB/CC plywood are US$550 per cu.m FOB while for 9 mm and up plywood panels the price is US$430-450 per cu.m.

FOB export prices of Sarawak logs in March were as follows:

meranti SQ US$ 250 每 265 per cu.m
kapur SQ US$ 340 每 360 per cu.m
keruing SQ US$ 300 每 315 per cu.m
selangan batu regular US$ 500 每 540 per cu.m

Log prices in Sabah and Sarawak are steadily moving higher as the availability of logs for export in the two states has declined because of poor weather conditions and because of active buying by local plywood plants and sawmills.

Buyers from India and China are chasing Sabah and Sarawak logs as the availability of logs from Papua New Guinea has reportedly fallen.


  FSC certification promoted as aiding concessionaires satisfy SVLK
Rahardjo Benjamin, Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Concession Holder*s Association (APHI) said that the timeframe for the entry into force of the SVLK certification system was such that members of the Association are having great difficulty complying.

In an effort to assist concession holders secure SVLK certification the NGO Borneo Initiative (TBI) has suggested that its own work on SFM certification goes a long way to addressing many of the requirements of the SVLK as the two initiatives are complementary.

TBI is a non profit organization promoting FSC Certification. Jesse Kuijper of TBI said that Indonesia*s SVLK is of a very high standard and a significant initiative by Indonesia.

TBI has made a commitment to find a bridge between the mandatory SVLK system and voluntary FSC certification. This was announced at a recent signing of a protocol between TBI-APHI on Combined Certification for Legality (SVLK) and Sustainability (PHPL-FSC) in Natural Forest Management in Indonesia.

TBI announced that it has facilitated FSC certification for 37 forest concessionaires in Indonesia covering area of 3.7 million hectares.

Exports to EU jump as V-legal products enter the market
Dwi Sudharto, of Indonesia*s Ministry of Forestry stated that trading verified legal wood products is yielding profits for the timber sector.

Data compiled by Indonesia*s Timber Legality Information System indicates that total revenue from export of V-Legal wood products in January and February 2013 was more than US$534 million compared with revenue of US$237 mil. reported in the same period in 2012.

Colin Crooks, from the EU Delegation in Jakarta said that the EU member states import around 15% of Indonesian output of wood products and that V-legal products from Indonesia are highly regarded in the EU since the legality of these products has been verified in Indonesia prior to shippment.

Furniture SMEs reel under cost of SVLK certification
Many SMEs in Indonesia are complaining of the difficulty, time taken and high cost of meeting the requirements for SVLK certification.

UD Zakky, a furniture exporter in Sukoharja, Central Java recently began the process of SVLK certification, not as an individual company but as part of a group. Group certification is allowed under the SVLK regulations.

Despite attempting group certification the management of UD Zakky pointed out that the cost to undertake all the administrative work is high. The company reported that even with group certification the cost could be as high as IDR 50 million (approx US$ 5,000).

The Chairman of ASMINDO-Solo, David Wijaya said that he sympathises with the SMEs who are trying to secure SVLK certification as the process is very difficult as even for larger companies.

He added that there are only 10 companies out of the 200 in Solo that have secured SVLK certificates.

MFP and WWF offer support to companies during IFFINA
IFFINA is the annual trade fair and exhibition for the Indonesian furniture and wood-base handicrafts sectors. During IFFINA 2013 the Multi-stakeholder Forestry Program (MFP) collaborated with WWF and the Indonesian furniture and handicraft manufacturers

association (ASMIDO) in offering advice and support to Indonesian companies attending IFFINA.
MFP, WWF and ASMINDO also arranged a seminar on Indonesian preparedness to meet the new demands in the global market.

Since the SVLK regulations came into force at the end of 2012 until the end of February 2013, Indonesia has issued around 11,000 V-Legal export permits for goods destined for 124 ports around the world of which 24 were ports in the EU.


  Licensing conditions to be eased for timber enterprises
Market conditions remain unchanged from last month report analysts in Myanmar.

The domestic newspaper, Weekly Eleven of 27 March reported that licenses to operate sawmills and other wood processing industries have all been extended and only need to be renewed every five years in place of the present annual renewals.

It also reported that some procedural requirements for export of timber will be relaxed. These changes are expected to be formalised in the coming months.

In other news, the Myanma Timber Enterprise is planning to switch to pricing in US dollars instead of Euro during the coming financial year.

Analysts say, that while this will save time for the importers, it is still problematic for overseas importers to make payment in dollars as sanctions for remittance of US dollars have not been totally removed.

The change to pricing in dollars is still being discussed but looks inevitable say analysts.

April will bring the Myanmar New Year and the long official holidays will start from April 12 to 21.

The following average prices were recorded during March 22 and 25 sales.

Average teak prices in 2012
Average Prices in Euro € per hoppus ton during 2012 and 1st quarter 2013 prices are shown below.


  Reserve Bank of India releases latest monetary policy review
The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) recently issued a press release on its March, mid-quarter economic review:

It outlines the rationale for the 25 basis point cut to 7.5% in the rate at which it lends to banks, with other rates remaining unchanged.

The review notes that since the Third Quarter Review January 2013, global financial market conditions have improved. However, domestic growth has decelerated significantly, affected by relatively high levels of inflation.

The review indicates that India*s GDP growth in Q3 of 2012-13, at 4.5 per cent, was the slowest in the past 15 quarters. Of particular concern is the weaker output of the services sector, the mainstay of overall growth.

While growth in industrial production was positive in January, capital goods production and mining activity continued to contract.

Lower GDP growth forecast
In the quarter under review India*s trade deficit narrowed significantly as exports increased and non-oil imports fell. However, between April 2012 and February 203 the trade deficit was higher than a year ago.

The review notes that there are still major risks in the global economy. Nevertheless, leading global indicators are positive but future growth is expected to be very slow.

On the domestic front, the priorities are to raise the growth rate, restrain inflation pressures and mitigate the possible impact on the economy from external forces.

The Central Statistics Office has projected GDP growth for 2012-13 to be lower than the Reserve Bank*s baseline projection of 5.5 per cent, reflecting slower than expected growth in both industry and services.

The key to reinvigorating growth, says the RBI, is accelerating investment.

The challenge in returning the economy to a high growth trajectory is revival of investment. A competitive interest rate is necessary for this, but lower interest rates alone cannot solve the problem. Issues such as bridging supply constraints, fiscal consolidation and improving governance need to be addressed says the RBI.

Extending new areas under rubber plantations
Kerala state is the centre for latex production in India. Tripura in the north east of the country is the second Indian state to follow the example of Kerala in developing rubberwood plantations.

To-date around 57,600 hectares of plantations have been established generating employment for more than 50,000.

Having witnessed the benefits of investment in rubberwood plantations, the state of Arunachal also aims to establish a commercial rubberwood plantation sector. In collaboration with the Rubber Board of India, the state government in Arunachal aims to produce 100,000 tonnes of latex.

The rubberwood plantations will yield roundwood and also facilitate production of minor forest products such as honey.

Currently, Gujarat state has only a small area of rubberwood plantations but that may soon change. The state has a received a proposal from a tyre manufacturer to build a factory in the state. To encourage this investment, the state government plans to invest in rubberwood plantations to provide the latex raw material for this new industry.

The establishment of commercial rubberwood plantations will also provide an opportunity for growth in the wood processing sector in the state as rubberwood logs will be available when the plantations are periodically felled and replanted.

Sales of Teak and other hardwoods from Indian forests
Auction sales of teak and other hardwoods were concluded in the government forest depots in Western India during March. Prices for freshly harvested logs were good but the price received for log lots felled some time ago were low.

Average prices during the March auction are shown below. Prices are per cubic foot ex depot.

Imported Teak logs
Supplies and shipments remain stable as do price levels. The turnaround in imported timber is very quick due to the shortage of domestic hardwoods.

Variations are based on quality, lengths of logs and the average girth of the logs.

Prices for air dried sawnwood per cubic foot, ex-sawmill are unchanged.

The price range is the result of variations in length and cross section.

The trend of replacing Teak with other durable tropical hardwoods, continues because of high prices.

Plywood market news
The rising costs of peeler logs, glues and other chemicals, transport charges and labour charges are affecting profitability in the plywood industry.

Manufacturers from Punjab and Kerala recently met and agreed that price increases are inevitable. Analysts are concerned that the market may react negatively to this proposed price increase.

Plywood prices after the agreed increases are shown below.


  Central Bank maintains record low interest rates
According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the rate of inflation increased in February but at a slower rate than the 0.86% rate recorded in January.

The Monetary Policy Committee (Copom) of the Central Bank decided for the third consecutive time to maintain the current interest rate (Selic) at 7.5%.

At this level the interest rate is the lowest for many years and is the result of the gradual reductions in rate that began in August 2011 and continued for 10 months up to October last year.

The average exchange BRL/US4 exchange rate in February was BRL 1.97/USD significantly down on the rate of BRL1.72/USD during February 2012.

Furniture sector bullish on prospects for 2013
The furniture sector in Brazil is optimistic about growth in 2013 both in terms of production and sales. The Institute of Study and Market Intelligence (IEMI) is projecting that industrial production, which expanded by 2% in 2012, is expected to register a 5.5% growth this year.

The projected scenario for sales is also quite optimistic as 2013 could see an almost 10% increase in revenues compared to the 8% growth achieved in 2012 says the IEMI report.

A survey of Brazilian consumer furniture buying behaviour conducted by IEMI in 2012 reveals that the majority of survey respondents (41%) usually buy at least one item of furniture every year.

Such purchases, says the report, are generally motivated by an event such as moving home (30%), children outgrowing current furniture (15%) and marriage (13%).

Brazilian consumers spent an average of R$ 1,170 on furniture in 2012. In choosing furniture, 41% mentioned appearance as a main factor at the time of purchase, only 19% mentioned durability and strength. Manufacturers are aware that design is most important for consumers.

Sinop to have new industrial district for timber enterprises
The Timber Industry Association of Northern Mato Grosso (SINDUSMAD) recently met to identify the first steps required for creating a new timber industrial and commercial district in the Sinop municipality.

The wood processing industries ideally need a dedicated area away from the residential parts of the city. The problem is that the city has expanded and the residential developments now surround the locations of the wood processing plants.

With over 220 wood companies in Sinop the area is facing environmental problems mainly the result of the constant movement of heavy vehicles transporting wood products. It has been identified that these problems could be overcome by establishing a timber processing district outside the urban areas.

Mixed trends in February exports
In February 2013, the value of timber product exports (except pulp and paper) fell 1.6% compared to values in February 2012, from US$189.7 million to US$186.6 million.

Pine sawnwood exports dropped 1.6% in value in February 2013 compared to the same month in 2012, from US$12.9 million to US$12.7 million. In volume terms, pine sawnwood exports declined 0.7% to 57,900 cu.m in the same period.

Export volumes of tropical sawnwood fell sharply by almost 20% from 34,300 cu.m in February 2012 to 27,700 cu.m in February this year. The value of exports fell 14.6% from US$ 17.8 million to US$ 15.2 million, over the same period.

In contrast, the value of pine plywood exports increased 11.4% in February 2013 compared to February 2012, from US$27.1 million to US$ 30.2 million.

The volume of exports also increased and was up 11% over the same period from 73,000 cu.m to 81,100 cu.m.

Exports of tropical plywood also increased from 2,500 cu.m in February 2012 to 4,500 cu.m in February 2013, representing an 80.0% increase. In term so value, a 47% increase in earnings was recorded from US$1.7 million to US$2.5 million over the twelve month period.

The value of wooden furniture exports dropped from US$35.7 million in February 2012 to US$34.8 million in February 2013, a 2.5% decline.

Rio Grande do Sul leads in furniture exports
The furniture sector of the state of Rio Grande do Sul has recovered from the weak international market over the past few years and began 2013 with positive results. Exports by manufacturers in the state in January amounted to US$11.86 mil. representing almost 27% of all Brazilian furniture exports.

Rio Grande do Sul was the only Brazilian state that reported growth in furniture exports in 2012, thus maintaining its position as the top ranked exporter.

Although the state exported more furniture in January 2013, compared to January 2012 exports are still below record levels.

The main destination for Brazilian furniture remains Argentina, followed by the United States and the United Kingdom. Colombian imports of Brazilian furniture have more than doubled compared levels in the same period last year.

Expectations for 2013 are high according to the Association of Furniture Industries of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (MOVERGS). While trade during the early part of 2013 was still hampered by global economic weakness the situation is expected to improve this year.

35 Italian machinery suppliers participate in FIMMA Brazil 2013
Italy is the main supplier of woodworking machinery to Brazil and exports amounted to euro 52.3 million last year. Italian suppliers captured a market share of almost 36% of Brazilian demand for wood working machinery.

Thirty-five Italian wood working machinery suppliers participated in the International Trade Fair for Machinery, Raw Materials and Accessories for the Furniture Industry (FIMMA Brazil 2013).

Italian exports of wood working machinery to Brazil are estimated at euro 52 mil. and companies in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina were the main buyers, accounting for around 45% of all imports of woodworking machinery.

The Italian woodworking machinery sector ended 2012 with a turnover of euro1.53 bil., a significant value but 9.8% below the previous year. In contrast Brazilian imports of Italian wood working machinery rose about 10% in 2012.


  Peru loses 150,00 ha of forest a year
Jose Dance, general coordinator of the National Forest Inventory Project and Sustainable Forest Management of Peru to the FAO Climate Change office has estimated that annually about 150,000 hectares of forest are destroyed in Peru and that since 1990 a total of 12 million hectares has been deforested.

The areas most affected are San Martin, Ucayali, Madre de Dios, Loreto, Cusco, Jun赤n and Tacna.
Over-logging and harvesting/clearing by communities are the main causes of deforestation.

First national forest inventory launched
To obtain a clear picture of the state of the forest the first national forest inventory will began this month. This effort is being supported by the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, FAO and the Government of Finland.

A spokesperson in the ministry said ※this inventory will help us understand the current state of Peruvian forests and implement a monitoring system for land use change to promote their conservation across 66 million hectares. Until now we did not have a complete picture of the reality of the state of the forest.

With this inventory, we can identify development opportunities offered by our forests and, more importantly, the communities that depend on them may be benefit directly and inclusively".

In the Sierra forest work will be undertaken during the months of April/May until October. Interim results of the INF are to be presented annually.

The results will be available to the government for the introduction of policies that contribute to the conservation of biological diversity, the development of the climate change strategy and improvement in the use and management of forest resources and ecosystem services.

Mincetur reports progress in forest management
The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), in cooperation with the Ministries of Environment (Minam) and Agriculture (Minag), has presented a report on progress made in implementation of Annex 18.3.4 of the Forest Sector Appendix to the Peru/US Free Trade Agreement.

The report provided information on policies adopted and on implementation and monitoring of harvesting and trade of tree species listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Information was provided on efforts to design and implementation timber traceability systems, in particular the chain of custody for CITES species.

The National Anti-Corruption Plan for forestry and wildlife was explained and details of ongoing action on capacity building for indigenous communities to manage the forest were outlined.

The Mincetur report was presented to a wide audience including representatives of the private and public institutions such as the Association of Exporters (ADEX), Lima Chamber of Commerce (CCL) and the Foreign Trade Society of Peru (ComexPer迆).

The audience also included the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA), the Peruvian Society for Ecological Development (SPDE), the National Forest, the Confederation of Amazonian Nationalities of Peru (CONAP), the People's Ombudsman and the Public Ministry.

Several speakers and participants highlighted the progress made by the Peruvian government in the implementation of the FTA Annex on Forests especially as regards the management of CITES timber species (mahogany and cedar).


  No log exports in March amid encouraging demand for sawnwood
In the period reviewed there were no log exports of the main commercial species. The only logs exported were wamara (Eperua grandiflora) in fair and small sawmill qualities.

However, sawnwood exports made a notable contribution towards the total export earnings as FOB prices were at attractive levels.

Undressed greenheart (select quality) sawnwood prices ended off recent highs at US$855 down from US$912 per cubic metre FOB.

Undressed greenheart (sound quality) sawnwood attracted a favourable price of US$721 per cubic metre FOB during the period reviewed while Undressed greenheart (merchantable quality) sawnwood prices held firm at US$636 per cubic metre FOB.

On the other hand, Undressed purpleheart (select quality) sawnwood was traded at a significantly higher price of US$1,993 per cubic metre FOB in the period reviewed. The primary market for purpleheart sawnwood was North America.

Undressed purpleheart (sound quality) sawnwood prices averaged US$742 per cubic metre FOB.

There were no exports of Undressed mora sawnwood during the period under review.

Prices for Dressed greenheart sawnwood fell slightly from the high of US$1,500 to US$1,124 per cubic metre FOB.

Dressed purpleheart sawnwood prices remained unchanged at US$1,103 per cubic metre FOB. Similarly, plywood prices held firm on the export market, maintaining a favourable price of US$584 per cubic metre FOB.

Guyana celebrates International Day of Forests and the Tree
The International Day of Forests and the Tree is held annually on 21st March to raise awareness of sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

The United nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on 21st December 2012, which declared, that starting in 2013, 21st March of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests and the Tree. The resolution encourages all member states to organize activities relating to all types of forests, and trees outside forests.

To celebrate, the Guyana Forestry Commission and the Forest Products Development and Marketing Council, along with other relevant agencies under the Ministry Natural Resources and Environment, hosted an exhibition displaying value added and other products derived from the forests.

Presentations were made by representatives of indigenous communities in Guyana highlighting the sustainable development of Guyana*s forest and the contribution made from sustainable practices to indigenous communities.

First draft of scope of VPA and definition of legality ready for stakeholder assessment
Work has advanced in Guyana on the Guyana/EU VPA. Over the past month the main areas that were advanced were the first draft of the Definition of Forest Legality and the draft Scope of the Agreement. These documents are both undergoing national stakeholder assessment.

The draft Scope focuses on wood products that are currently being exported to the EU and those likely to be exported to the EU within the near future. Traceability of such products through the supply chain is an important element in the Scope of the VPA.

Over the course of the coming months, these key technical documents will be subject to extensive stakeholder discussions.

Stakeholder participation is a core part of the EU FLEGT process in Guyana. In this regard, plans are in motion in two other critical areas of the VPA: the Communication Strategy and the Assessment/Scoping of the Impacts of the EU FLEGT VPA in Guyana.

The National Technical Working Group, in addressing the Communication Strategy and Impact, will provide inputs on the Terms of Reference developed for these two items.

To this end, a Workshop is planned to engage stakeholders in the two areas. This Workshop will focus on reaching out to more than 120 participants from a total of thirty indigenous communities, indigenous NGOs and the constitutional bodies for indigenous people.

A further round of negotiations between Guyana and the EU is scheduled for July 2013.

There were no log exports in the period reviewed

Source:ITTO'  Tropical Timber Market Report

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