Timber Logging Industry in China: Strong Demand and Scarcity of Domestic Supply Mean Higher Prices and Revenue

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Strong economic performance in China in recent years, especially in the construction industries, has greatly increased demand for wood products, according IBISWorld, America's largest publisher of industry research. Domestic timber production in China has been unable to match demand, and the gaps have been filled by log imports from North America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Revenue of the Timber Logging industry in China is expected to be US$12.38 billion in 2011.

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The share of young forest in China is limited. This is expected to negatively affect the long-term domestic supply of timberland available for logging.

Strong economic performance in China in recent years, especially in the construction industries, has greatly increased demand for wood products, according to IBISWorld, America's largest publisher of industry research. Timber production in China has been unable to match domestic demand, and the gaps have been filled by log imports from North America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Revenue of the Timber Logging industry in China is expected to be US$12.38 billion in 2011 and to reach US$19.69 billion in 2016.

Due to growing scarcity of forestland suitable for logging in China and a rise in prices, log imports, in value, have increased at an average annual rate of 10.4% in the five years through 2011.

According to IBISWorld, the share of young forest in China is limited. This is expected to negatively affect the long-term domestic supply of timberland available for logging.

China is currently the largest importer of logs in the world, purchasing US$8.04 billion of foreign timber in 2011. Imports as a share of domestic demand increased from 9.4% in 1998 to an estimated 39.4% in 2011. Imports are expected to make up 40.9% of China’s domestic demand for logs in 2016.

Russia is the main source of logs imported by China, supplying over 40% of total imports in value. However, Russia’s export tax rate of logs has increased in recent years, which has significantly affected the cost of Russian logs. Log imports from North America and Europe are expected to increase in the future if Russia continues to raise export tax rates. The United States is the largest supplier of hardwood to China.

Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 7.8% over the five years through 2011. Due to a return to strong economic growth in China, industry revenue is expected to grow 14.6% in 2011 and at an average annualized rate of 9.7% over the next five years.

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Establishments within the Timber Logging industry in China purchase and lease harvesting equipment and machinery from relevant service providers and use them to fell trees. Simple further processing procedures such as tree delimbing, topping and bucking are also included in this industry. The industry does not plant or grow trees, nor does it manage the forests from which logs are derived.

Main Activities
Felling trees
Provisional storage of logs
Short-distance transportation of logs

Timber Logging Industry Report Key Topics
Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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