Mozambique announced a nationwide wood cutting ban for the next three months "," Nigeria decided to stop issuing logging permits from January to March, and the corresponding cites agencies also stopped issuing documents "," on February 1, 2017, the Convention on international trade in endangered species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) issued No. 012 (No. 2017 / 012) in Geneva, Switzerland, Propose to stop the commercial trade of Dalbergia odorifera originated from the Lao People's Democratic Republic, and ban the commercial logging of natural forests in China in 2017
Since the beginning of the spring of 2017, a news about tightening the supply of timber has been constantly emerging, which is undoubtedly a "fatal injury" for China, a big timber consumer. Driven by the news of tight wood supply, China's timber market has experienced a wave of "price hikes", from high-end mahogany species (such as Jiaozhi yellow sandalwood) to low-end timber (such as pine), all of which have stirred up the "price rise".
As of April 14, the Guangdong market of Jiaozhi Huangtan was reported at 180000-220000 yuan / ton in diameter of 15-25cm and length of 1.8-3m, 280000-350000 yuan / ton in diameter of 30-35cm, and 350000-450000 yuan / ton over 35cm in diameter, returning to the historical high. The prices of cork, radial pine and hemlock also increased by 50-80 yuan / m3 compared with the beginning of the year. At present, Taicang port 4 meters of radial pine logs a reported 900 yuan / m3, Tsuga 1070 yuan / m3.
Price increase, for Timber Merchants, seems to be a good thing. Long term position of the business can be in the relatively high price to get rid of, make a fortune. However, the fact is not as simple as imagined. From the reporter's investigation, although the rising wood price has brought certain benefits to the merchants in a short period of time, the accompanying market risks are lingering, and the most direct impact is the decline of trading volume. Affected by the high price operation, the trading volume of China's timber market has shrunk significantly since April, especially after the Qingming holiday. The decline is most obvious on April 5, 10 and 12, with the trading volume falling by 6.11%, 5.32% and 5.66% month on month.
In addition, the rise in prices also made the operating costs of Timber Merchants' capital go up a step. According to the reporter's investigation, the main driver of this round of timber price rise is the increase of cost, not the increase of market demand, which is also the most headache for Timber Merchants. Some businesses said that in the past, 1.2 million could maintain a cycle of operation, but now it needs 34 million¡° The same profit has to pay more capital. How can such a price rise be said to be optimistic. It can be seen that the rising price also seriously tests the financial strength of timber business operators, and the capital game is more intense.
It is an inevitable trend that the contradiction between timber demand and resource supply is becoming more and more serious. Under the circumstance of maintaining stable timber supply, Chinese merchants will also be placed in the first place. There is no doubt that wood is a sustainable resource-based commodity, especially for softwood. As long as there is a standard and scientific management, the resource recycling can be realized in a short time.
However, since 2017, China has completely banned commercial logging of natural forests, which means that China's dependence on foreign timber will be stronger in the future. Without mentioning hardwood species, cork, which occupies China's main consumer market, will also face a greater market gap, and its dependence on imported wood will also increase significantly. In the increasingly fierce competition for resources, Chinese Timber Merchants are more passive in international trade, especially in the right of price discourse. On this issue, after the end of 2016, the price of softwood fluctuated significantly, and some timber merchants have already tasted the "bitter acid".
Early wood knows spring soon return, all kinds of red purple Dou fragrance. The signal of global wood resources supply tightening has been extremely strong. Chinese timber merchants need to attach great importance to the development of foreign wood resources while maintaining the domestic market sales channels, so as to remain invincible in the future market competition.