Forest Products Annual Market Review 2013-2014

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The UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2013-2014 provides general and statistical information on forest products markets and related policies in the UN Economic Commission for Europe region (Europe, North America and the Commonwealth of Independent States). The Review begins with an overview chapter, followed by analysis of government and industry policies and market-based implements affecting forest products markets. The third chapter is on innovation in the forest sector. Five chapters are based on annual country-supplied statistics, describing: wood raw materials, sawn softwood, sawn hardwood, wood-based panels, and paper, paperboard and woodpulp. Additional chapters discuss markets for wood energy, value-added wood products, and housing. In each chapter, production, trade and consumption are analysed and relevant material on specific markets is included. Tables and graphs provided throughout the text present summary information.




It has been exactly five years since the theme of the Forest Products Annual Market Review was, “The UNECE region’s forest products markets in a global economic crisis.” The crisis left the UNECE region with substantially diminished demand for forest products, putting many mills and forest operations in difficulty. Forest products markets suffered the cyclical economic strains of recession together with structural changes in the landscape of forest products markets. Forest industries of the UNECE region found a strong demand in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. Increasingly, however, unprocessed wood from the UNECE region is exported outside the region; where it is manufactured into fully processed forest products which then compete with forest products from the UNECE region. Currently, 40% of Chinese raw wood imports are from the UNECE region, much of which ends up as furniture exports to the UNECE, which accounts for 2/3rds of China’s furniture exports. There are many other examples. There have also been other fundamental, societal changes occurring that have significant ramifications for the forest sector.


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