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North American wood exports to China set to double

Published by Steve Coleman on October 11, 2011

They've fed the pine beetles. Now they're feeding China's insatiable appetite for lumber.

British Columbia trees killed by the mountain pine beetle will help double the amount of lumber headed from North America to China this year.

Predictions from Wood Resources International LLC say U.S. and Canadian exports to China are on pace to double this year and reach $2.6 billion.

Canada's share, alone, is expected to reach $1.2 billion - almost equal to the entire value of softwood shipped in 2010. In 2005, B.C. lumber mills shipped $55 million in lumber to the Asian market.

While Canadian lumber mills have benefitted from the increased business, U.S. lumber producers have been shipping raw logs for Chinese mills to dissect, says the Wood Resource Quarterly.

"In 2005, only four percent of all softwood logs and lumber imported to China originated from North America," says the report. "Last year, this share had gone up to 18 per cent. Many North American log and lumber suppliers have the opportunity to expand their export sales in the coming years and it is likely that their presence in the Chinese market will grow."

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