RISI VIEWPOINT: China’s demand for imported wood fiber: The times they are a-changin’

Imports of logs, lumber and woodchips have been growing at such a rapid rate, and to such lofty heights, that it's been close to unbelievable at times. Between 2012 and 2017 (estimated), Chinese imports of logs (softwood and hardwood) have increased by 42%, hardwood chip imports have jumped 59% and lumber imports (again both hardwood and softwood) have soared 81%. We keep saying that the market can't keep growing at this rate, and indeed it simply can't. For example, if softwood log imports continued increasing at the same rate they have been growing over the past 15 years, then in ...

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