The EU imported 422,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wood products from Indonesia in the year ending November 2018 compared to 414,000 MT in the year ending November 2017. In value terms, EU imports from Indonesia increased from €786 million to €794 million in the same period. As the € strengthened against the US currency during this period, the increase in dollar value was even more significant, from US$864 million to US$934 million.
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After a dip in 2017, EU imports of tropical wood products recovered ground in 2018. Most of the gains in 2018 were in imports from countries not engaged in the VPA process, including Nigeria, Brazil, India and China.
Video of IMM presentation providing an overview of the global tropical timber trade and commenting on implications for the FLEGT VPA process delivered to the Chatham House Illegal Logging Update meeting in November 2018.
Charts 1 to 6 below provide a statistical summary of EU tropical timber imports between January 2015 and November 2018 according to the status of FLEGT VPAs between tropical partner countries and the EU at the end of that period.
Le SIM a publié un rapport sur «Les partenaires de l'APV FLEGT dans le commerce du bois de l'UE en 2017», qui utilise les dernières données pour évaluer l'évolution de la position des pays partenaires d’un APV sur le marché dans le commerce international du bois.Etant donné que l’Indonésie a commencé à délivrer des licences en novembre 2016, c’est lepremier rapport SIM à couvrir une période durant laquelle du bois sous licence FLEGT a été disponible sur le marché de l'UE. C’est également le premier rapport annuel SIM pour lequel le SIM a pu accéder à des données d'enquêtes exhaustives provenant du réseau complet de correspondants dans les sept pays de l'UE représentant l’essentiel des ventes (soit plus de 90%) des importations de l’UE en bois tropicaux et produits dérivés en provenance des pays partenaires d’un APV.
Contribution from the EU FLEGT Facility: A new website developed by the EU FLEGT Facility provides timber traders, specifiers, architects and retailers with information on business benefits of trading in FLEGT-licensed timber. It also demonstrates social, environmental and economic benefits that such trade brings to producer countries.
Timber Transformer, the exhibition on Indonesia’s journey through its FLEGT VPA process mounted by the UK Timber Trade Federation, won the Timber Trades Journal 2018 Environmental Achievement Award.
Three leading European importing companies comment on their experience of purchasing FLEGT licensed products from Indonesia in the last two years.
After a dip in 2017, EU imports of tropical wood products have recovered ground in 2018. Most of the gains this year have been in imports from countries not engaged in the VPA process, including Nigeria, Brazil, India and China.
The EU imported 420,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wood products from Indonesia in the year ending September 2018 compared to 410,000 MT in the year ending September 2017. A continuing rise in EU imports of Indonesian plywood and charcoal has offset an on-going decline in imports of Indonesia flooring and other processed products.
A series of charts summarising EU tropical timber imports between January 2015 and September 2018, highlighting trends according to the status of FLEGT VPAs in tropical supplying countries.
Discussion themes in workshop 2 covered the range of factors that play a part in any tropical timber transaction in the EU and set the context for market uptake of FLEGT licensed product and the relevance attached to the wider FLEGT initiative.
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