NEWS RELEASE · 22nd March 2010
Ministry of Forest and Range
Final trade statistics for 2009 show that British Columbia softwood exports to China hit 1.63 billion board feet, more than twice the record 784 million shipped the previous year, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced today.
"China recognizes that B.C. is a reliable supplier of high-quality lumber with quick delivery times," said Bell. "Dependability, strong product performance, and a sharp marketing focus have led to record- breaking demand for B.C. softwood lumber. This winning combination will continue to see increased use of B.C. wood in China as we reach our goal of exporting four billion board feet by the end of 2011."
B.C.'s annual lumber shipments to China are also soaring in terms of value. Sales have nearly tripled from about $113 million in 2007 to more than $327 million in 2009.
Part of the success in 2009 was the significant volume of new lumber orders generated by B.C.'s largest ever forestry trade mission to China. Major breakthroughs were made as the trade mission helped Shanghai launch its new wood-frame building code, and signed an important agreement to demonstrate the benefits of wood for affordable housing. The vice-minister of China's Ministry of Housing and Urban- Rural Development also encouraged B.C. to collaborate on a six-storey, wood-frame apartment building in Beijing.
The Province, through Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. and in conjunction with the Canada Wood Group, has been working over the last several years to diversify B.C.'s markets by demonstrating new uses for softwood products.
Diversifying international markets to strengthen the forest sector is a key priority. The Working Roundtable on Forestry recommended that B.C. continues to place particular emphasis on emerging markets such as China, ensuring that marketing efforts are sustained, co-ordinated and based on what end-users want.
confusion is the Cambell
Comment by Ron Savard on 23rd March 2010
Confusion is the Cambell government's tactic to deflect attention from the true nature of their exploitive and ultra-capitalist practices.
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 23rd March 2010
Is Pat Bell sure it is lumber exports that have doubled... or logs?
Dated March 2010 regarding exports in January 2010 from: http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/pubs/exp/exp1001.pdf
'Exports of solid wood products were up 9.4% compared to January 2009. Most of the in-crease was due to a 15.7% jump in shipments of softwood lumber, although there was also strong growth in log exports (+161.9%). All other solid wood categories experienced a drop in shipments in January.'
I can't imagine that we have such a lucrative lumber export market when mills are still shutting down in B.C.. Could Mr. Bell be playing with words to make his government appear competent?
Comment by Gerry Hummel on 23rd March 2010
It is my hope someday Gordon Campbell, Pat Bell, and a few more of his cronies will have a day in court to face charges of the wholesale destruction of the forest industry in BC. They report record sales in 2008, and double those sales in 2009. Then will someone explain to me why no one is working in the forest industry?
While fat cat owners of forest industry corporations sit on their fat arses just watching the dough roll in by the kabillions the bluecollar workforce of this province sits idle. Its disgusting what is happening in this province, I just hope the working class people rise up and throw these criminals out of office.
Is it actually "lumber"?
Comment by Shirley Griffith on 22nd March 2010
I would be very interested in knowing what the percentage is of lumber (dimenional lumber) vs. trees (raw logs) that the Minister is talking about. B.C. should NOT be sending raw logs to anywhere but a B.C. mill and that mill should be operating nearby to where the trees are logged. This is our resource, lets get the most we can out of it before passing it on.