China: Port considering fumigation ban

Wednesday 12 Dec 2018

It has been reported that Taicang Port is considering a ban on fumigating North American logs because of the risk of water pollution. If implemented this could further limit the supply of North American logs to China.

Supplies from North America have fallen in recent months as a result of trade friction between China and the US. Log imports through Taicang Port from Canada and the US fell slightly in the first three quarters of 2018 and it is predicted that the impact of the fumigation ban at Taicang Port will further impact imports.

In the first three quarters of 2018 log imports through Taicang Port were about 5.64 million cubic metres. Of the total, 39% were from New Zealand, 32% from Canada and the US, 11% from the Russia Federation with the balance from Australia, Uruguay, Japan and Spain.

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