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    Author(s): Daowei Zhang; Junchang Liu; James Granskog; Jianbang Gan
    Date: 1998
    Source: Forest Products Journal. 48(6): 14-20.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    In the 1980's, China emerged as the world's second largest importer of forest products and the second largest importer of U.S. forest products. However, U.S. wood products exports to China declined nearly 93 percent from 1988 to 1996, from >/=448 million to >/=33 million. Little is known about the reasons that caused this decline. Less is probably known about the forestry and wood products market in China than most other U.S. trading partners.

    A consulting report by Ernst & Young for American Forest & Paper Association explored a strategy for expanding exports of U.S. forest products to China; however, its data and information are limited to 1993 to 1994. Other studies of the wood products market in China by DBC Associates, the National Forest Products Association, and Waggener are dated, and reports by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service are mostly anecdotal.

    This article will describe the recent trends of China's wood products imports and communicate the results of interviews with major wood products importers in China regarding the competitiveness of U.S. wood products in China.

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    Zhang, Daowei; Liu, Junchang; Granskog, James; Gan, Jianbang. 1998. China: changing wood products markets. Forest Products Journal. 48(6): 14-20.

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