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China's timber imports continue to climb
According to Customs statistics log imports totalled 16.342 million cubic metres during January to August 2002 (up by 57.4% year-on-year) and almost equalling imports for the whole of last years' imports ( 16.863 million cubic metres ). Timber imports in August hit 2.166 million cubic metres, a year-on-year increase of 76%. Local analysts think that the total log imports in 2002 will be around 25 million cubic metres.
Sawnwood imports also soared. Available statistics for the first eight months come to
3.648 million cubic metres , 45.7% higher than for the same period last year ( 2.504
million cubic metres ). However, during the period January to August 2002, plywood and
veneer imports continued to decline and were only was 402 000 cubic metres and 122 000
tons respectively, a year-on-year fall of 17.6% and 8.8% respectively.
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