(Business in Cameroon) - Over the last year, Cameroonian sawn wood exports to China increased 33%, according to the market report recently issued by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).
Other countries which saw growth in this product shipments to China in 2018 are Gabon (+38%), Myanmar (+70%) Nigeria (+69%). According to some NGOs, loggers operating in Cameroon prefer exporting to China to escape the Flegt agreements in force in the European Union but the ITTO says the country remains a minor sawn timber supplier to the Middle Kingdom.
“84% of total tropical sawn wood supplied to China in 2018 was provided by five countries including Thailand (62%), Gabon (8%), Brazil (6%), Indonesia (5%) and the Philippines (4.5%). The previous year, the top 5 that met more than 92% of Chinese sawn wood demand were Thailand (72%), Gabon (6%), Philippines (5%), Indonesia (5%) and Malaysia (4%),” ITTO says.
Still according the international body, “only fourteen countries provided 95% of China’s tropical log demand in 2018,” and purchases from Cameroon accounted for only 6% of volumes against 11% for Equatorial Guinea, for example.
Brice R. Mbodiam