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01 – 15th December 2018

US Dollar Exchange Rates of  10th December 2018
China Yuan 6.9127

Report from China


  Legal status of wood flooring patents to be monitored
An Alliance for patent protection for floor locking systems
has been established in Beijing by the China National
Forest Products Industry Association (CNFPIA) after
approval by the State Forestry and Grassland
Administration and the National Intellectual Property
Administration (CNIPA).

As a result of patent protection for floor-locking systems
Chinese enterprises have to pay patent fees to commercial
companies which have patent protection and this increases
production costs and undermines competitiveness. This
development impacts multi-layer composite flooring,
laminate flooring and wood/plastic flooring producers.

The Patent Protection Alliance is aimed at respecting and
protecting intellectual property rights, safeguarding the
legitimate rights and interests of Chinese flooring
enterprises, promoting the healthy and sustainable
development of China¡¯s flooring industry and creating fair

The main work of the Alliance will be to assess the legal
status of patent applications and authorisations at home
and abroad and monitor development trends to avoid
patent infringement risks.

Experts of the Alliance will analyse the patent and the
technology applied to judge whether the flooring products
are breaking patent rules and provide early warnings to
Chinese companies.

For more see:

Surge in log imports from Eastern Europe
According to China Customs data log imports from
Eastern European countries surged year on year between
January and September 2018. There was an almost fivefold
increase in log imports from Poland (193,200 cu.m)
and a doubling of log imports from the Czekh Republic
(116,100 cu.m).

Log imports from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia rose 49%,
18% and 17% respectively between January and
September this year but log imports from Ukraine dropped
over 70% to just 34,200 cu.m.

Plantations becomes the main source of China¡¯s
domestic timber output

According to China¡¯s Forestry Statistical Yearbook,
timber output is recorded as log output and fuelwood
output. Log output accounts for over 90% of timber

The trend in China¡¯s log production increased between
2011 and 2014 but fell sharply in 2015 because
commercial harvesting in natural forests was halted in key
state-owned forest areas in Northeast China and Inner
Mongolia. Beginning in 2015 the statistics distinguished
between natural and plantation forests. This
reclassification is behind the rebound in China¡¯s log
production after 2015 which rose 8% to 77 million cubic
metres in 2017.

Decline in output of wood-based panel for the first time
All wood-based panel mills not meeting national
environmental protection standards had, by 2017, been
closed in 2017. As a result the production of wood-based
panels dropped by 2%.
Exports volume of wood-based panels also fell in 2017
however, imports volume of wood-based panel rose 13%
in order to fill the gap between domestic supply and

Plywood dominates wood-based panel output and exports.
The output of plywood in 2017 fell 3% which was the
main reason for the decline in the overall output of woodbased
panel. Plywood export volumes declined sharply in

Particleboard dominated wood-based panel imports and
rose 21% in 2017 which is the main reason for the increase
in overall wood-based panel imports.


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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