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    2010 - 01.27

    At invest timber, we have had some request recently for more coverage of forestry investment markets  and general timber related news from Asia.  Point taken and eager to please,  I scoured the internet this morning to see what’s new,  and I’ll try to keep an eye out for forestry news as it breaks from now on.  Anyhow,  I came across a green article in the “Business Times” with regard to plans for Malaysia to make inroads into European timber markets via a  so called  “Green Lane”.


    A quick summary… Malaysia will use the “green lane” to the European market next year,  in line with the implementation of the European Union’s timber trade legislation,  according to the EU ambassador Vincent Piket.

    Malaysian Timber Certification Council chairman Datuk Dr Freezailah Che Yeom said negotiations will come to an end possibly within this quarter. and stated    “Malaysia has to strike a delicate balance but nonetheless, we have a strong commitment (to the plan) and where there is a will there is a way”.

    Dr Freezailah, who is adviser to the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities on the negotiations with the EU, said the talks involve consultations between over 100 stakeholders, including industry players, the government and non-government organisations.

    The “grey” zone is to strike the boundary, between legality and sustainability.

    Wood product exports to the EU have risen from RM2 billion to RM3.3 billion in 2006, with the growing trend towards increased sourcing of furniture and joinery products from the far east.

    In 2006, the EU imports of Malaysian wood products comprised RM1.2 billion of wood furniture, RM1.1 billion of sawnwood and RM414 million of plywood.

    The main European markets are the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Italy.

    Over the last five years, there has been particularly strong growth in European imports of Malaysian wood furniture, plywood and mouldings. Peninsular Malaysia was the main source of the wood furniture, while Sabah accounted for sawn timber and Sarawak mostly for plywood.

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