04 Dec '11, 6pm

China's Imports of Hardwood Chips Hit Record Volume #indonesia #deforestation #rainforest via @mongabay

China's imports of hardwood chips hit record volume mongabay.com December 04, 2011 Chinese pulp mills are importing record amounts of hardwood chips from Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly , an industry trade journal. Growing imports are the product of rapid expansion of pulp production and lack of domestic fiber sources in China, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly . China's pulp mills predominantly consume hardwood fiber and therefore rely on imports chips derived from hardwood plantations species, including acacia and eucalyptus. Roughly 88 percent of China's these imports come from Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Wood chip imports during the first ten months of 2011 already exceed last year's total. They are expected to reach seven million metric tons, which would represent a 37 percent increase over last year. The Wood Resource ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1204-china_hardwood_chips.html

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