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Wood Products Prices in The UK 

01-15th March 2008

Report from the UK  

European demand for tropical hardwoods remains slack
Reports from around north-western Europe suggest
subdued demand for tropical hardwoods. Europes tropical
log imports continue to decline while demand for sawn
lumber in countries throughout the region - including UK,
Ireland, Benelux and Germany - is described at best as
stable. Some suggest that sales of tropical sawn lumber in
the region are down from the same period last year.
Economic uncertainty is sapping confidence in future sales
and encouraging importers to be cautious over restocking.
Nevertheless, the spring season is approaching which, with
its promise of increased construction activity, may provide
at least some short-term improvement in demand.



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  Grade B faced and Grade C backed MBF           1000 Board Feet          
              Plywood   MDF           Medium Density Fibreboard
BF        Board Foot F.CFA         CFA Franc        
Sq.Ft     Square Foot              Price has moved up or down

Source: ITTO'  Tropical Timber Market Report

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