09 March 2011
China: Imports and exports of forest products soared in 2010
According to China Customs, the total value of China’s
trade in forest products soared to US$96.3 billion in 2010,
37% higher than in 2009.
The value of forest product
exports surged 34% from 2009, to US$48.8 billion in
2010, while imports climbed 40% from 2009, to US$47.5
billion in 2010.
In terms of imports, the volume and value of logs, wood
chips, furniture and sawnwood have both increased. In
contrast, imports of paper pulp and recycled paper
decreased in volume. The volume of imports of paper pulp
fell 17% from 2009, to 11.37 million tonnes in 2010 but
the value of imports rose 29%, to US$8.8 billion.
imports of wood chips rose sharply both in volume (67%)
and in value (90%) compared to 2009, reaching 4.65
million tonnes worth US$680 million in 2010.
Wooden furniture is the biggest forest product exported
from China. Exports of wooden furniture in 2010 were
300 million pieces valued at US$16.16 billion, up 21% in
volume and 34% in value compared to 2009. Exports of
paper, paperboard and paper products, plywood and
fibreboard also increased sharply. In contrast, exports of
sawnwood eased slightly to 539,000 cu.m in volume and
US$340 million in value in 2010, down 4% and 1% from