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Home  Newsletter Archive   February/March 2001

 


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Focus: Softwood tariffs
Debate over Agreement hots up

Timber News Highlights
The latest industry news

One giant leap for timber . . .
How NASA help map plantations

Timber eTrading Update
Buyers seek timber over the Internet

Members: What’s New?
Free logistics quote services

Member Profile
Romea Legnami

Just for a Laugh
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Focus: Softwood Lumber Agreement under fire

At the end of this month, one of the most controversial timber tariff agreements of the modern trading era is due to expire.

The U.S. Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement of 1996 was enacted to protect the North American timber industry by limiting the amount of softwood that can enter the U.S. at a competitive price.

Many politicians of the era argued it was wrong to single out lumber as the exception in free trade between the two nations, and that quotas would create price volatility and instability in lumber communities.

Judging by the level of despair it created among housebuilders, consumers and Senators, they have been proved correct. In the likely event the Agreement is scrapped on April 1, many observers will remember it as the day U.S. trade policy began to more fairly reflect the needs of the average American.

In a variety of reports central to the debate, observers have given the Agreement sustained criticism.

Senator Don Nickles: "It's time for our trade policy to reflect fairness to the American people. Expiration of the Agreement will be a major step in creating a climate of compassion for all Americans."

Former Ontario Premier Bob Rae: "Artificial restrictions can't be allowed to continue, a feeling shared by business and union leaders, governments, and a great many communities whose livelihood depends on the lumber industry."

Chairman-elect Mike Fritz of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association: "The Softwood Lumber Agreement is bad policy, developed to appease the protectionist interests of one part of the industry at the expense of the industry's softwood customers, and, ultimately, American consumers."

TIMBERWeb Members - read these articles in full:

Three Senate and House leaders renew calls to scrap SLA

Rae urges end to trade agreement branded 'The Great Exception'

Pressure groups demand SLA allowed to expire

Quotas on Canadian lumber damaging industry, say U.S. NAHB


Timber News Highlights

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Australia: Rio reviews bids for North Forest Products
Rio Tinto Plc/Ltd said on Tuesday it was reviewing bids for North Forest Products, which it acquired when it took over North Ltd for A$3.5 billion last year.

USA: U.S. paper recycling nears 50 per cent, says industry
Despite layoffs and mill closures, work shift cuts, lower profits and higher energy costs, one piece of good news emerged from the depressed wood and paper industry - Americans are recycling more paper.

UK: Industry pledges support to farming community
The UK’s forestry industry has pledged its full and unanimous support for the farming community during the Foot and Mouth emergency.

USA/Canada: New PWC report forecasts year ahead in lumber
The leading public forest and paper companies in the USA and other key producing regions remained profitable in 2000 despite facing extremely low lumber prices, said PricewaterhouseCoopers in a new report.

Japan: No illegally harvested logs
Japan: The vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, in a recent press conference, announced that he has been considering import restriction on illegally harvested logs.

Brazil/China: New markets grow in importance
New markets are becoming important for tropical timber exporters, with recent information indicating that exports of sawnwood to China increased by more than 200% last year compared to 1999.

Germany: Step forward for timber management achieved
In what has been described as a landmark decision for timber management, the German state government of Northrhine-Westfalia is to adopt forest certification according Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) guidelines.



One giant leap for timber . . . How NASA helps map plantations

by Paul Harris
Images from space that reveal forests in a blaze of colour are being beamed from a NASA satellite to Australia – and are likely to play a major role in future forestry management.

The different colours displayed on the images reveal the amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and other chemical components present in the leaves. This data will enable scientists to calculate more accurately the growth of forests, and in turn help determine where fertiliser is required in plantations.

The information is being gathered by NASA's latest satellite 'EO-1' which carries 'Hyperion' imaging equipment.

Dr Nicholas Coops from CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products, Australia, is working with visiting scientists from the University of New Hampshire, USA, and the US Forest Service to intepret the satellite information.

The Hyperion equipment on NASA's new EO-1 satellite is the first of its kind in space and it provides much more detailed information about the earth's surface and vegetation than previous satellite instruments.

This is the first time the images taken by the satellite have been used for forest applications.

Dr Coops said: "We have collected foliage samples from the major eucalypt species, measured tree size, canopy structure and other features of the local environment.

"Our interest is in using the technology to help us predict the efficiency of foliage growth, the nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations, carbon accumulation and photosynthetic rates."


Timber eTrading Update
The number of Buyers posting Requests for Quotations (RFQs) for a variety of timber on TIMBERWeb's eTrader buying and selling platform continues to grow.

The eTrader allows Buyers to post RFQs online, with Sellers able to respond directly with offers to contract for the sale of sawn/planed softwood and hardwood.

Examples of recent RFQs included:

A request to buy 350m cubed of sawn Canadian softwood

A request to buy 12MFBM sawn American hardwood

A reauest to buy 100m cubed sawn hardwood, any origin

A request to buy 30m cubed of sawn softwood, any origin

So far more than 700 companies have requested access to the trading platform. The eTrader is flexible to handle transactions of timber across varying species groups, origins, sizes, grades and delivery terms.

The trading platform is open to all TIMBERWeb Full Members who have passed our strict eTrader verification process. For details click here


Members: What's New?
From this week, a new online logistics platform for transporting timber is available to all Members and visitors of TIMBERWeb.

In an exclusive partnership with Schenker AG, Buyers and Sellers of timber can request a quotation for logistics in a quick and easy to understand way. The service is free to all users.

To request a logistics quote from Schenker AG, click on their logo on the Home Page of TIMBERWeb and follow the quick and easy-to-understand process.

Once your details have been submitted, Schenker AG is automatically informed of your request and will contact you directly with a quote.

Be assured that all users are under no obligation to accept a quotation.

Schenker AG is a leading integrated logistics company, with offices around the world. To request a logistics quotation now, please click here


Member Profile: Romea Legnami
Romea Legnami SpA is one of the Europe's leading hardwood sawmilling groups, with 400 employees operating the latest high-tech machinery to produce 300,000 m3 of quality lumber each year.

Established more than 300 years ago, the family-run company specialises in a wide range of specifications and internationally accepted grades.

Main products are: European beech (available both steamed and unsteamed), White European oak (the "Slavonian" is renowned for its quality and colour), White European ash, as well as converting certain species of tropical timber such as Ayous, Limba, Bubinga and Sapele. Some 95 per cent of total production is exported.

It specialises in the manufacture and processing of square edged long and short boards, one-side edged boards, unedged long boards, cut-to-size dimension, flooring strips, squares flitches and saw and veneer logs.

The company's ability to produce square-edged dry lumber in a full range of thicknesses gives it a leading edge over the competition. Beech, oak and ash logs are sourced from Romea's own forest concessions, and are converted, kiln dried and graded at the company's modern sawmills in Italy - with ISO 9000 and 14000 certification underlining the commitment to quality production, customer service and the environment.

Romea's patented drying system allows timber to be reduced to low moisture content in faster time with reduced risk of degrade; while computer-controlled measurement and tallying ensures accurate and precise product information.

All products are bar-coded and linked via GSM to the main computer, which means there is access to the latest information on the status of orders via the Internet.

With exports to more than 60 countries - from the US to China and Argentina to New Zealand - Romea Legnami has an excellent reputation for quality and reliability.

Romea Legnami are Full Members of TIMBERWeb.



Just for a Laugh

And this edition's joke is . . . .

A large, well-established, Canadian lumber camp advertised that they were looking for a good lumberjack.

The very next day, a skinny little man showed up at the camp with his axe, and knocked on the head lumberjack's door. The head lumberjack took one look at the little man and told him to leave.

"Just give me a chance to show you what I can do," said the skinny man.

"Okay, see that giant redwood over there?" said the lumberjack. "Take your axe and go cut it down."

The skinny man headed for the tree, and in five minutes he was back knocking on the lumberjack's door. "I cut the tree down," said the man.

The lumberjack couldn't believe his eyes and said, "Where did you get the skill to chop down trees like that?"

"In the Sahara Forest," replied the puny man.

"You mean the Sahara Desert," said the lumberjack.

The little man laughed and answered back, "Oh sure, that's what they call it now!"

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Email them today to: news@timberweb.com



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