The China Forest Products Trade: Overview of Asia-Pacific Supplying Countries, Impacts, and ImplicationsBy Eugenia Katsigris, Gary Bull, Andy White, Christopher Barr, Keith Barney, Yati Bun, Fredrich Kahrl, Timothy King, Alexey Lankin, Anatoly Lebedev, Phil Shearman, Alexander Sheingauz, Yufang Su, and Horst Weyerhaeuser View Publication
Over 70 percent of China’s timber product imports are supplied by countries in the Asia-Pacific region; and China is the dominant forest product market for many of these countries. Unsustainable harvesting practices, illegal logging, and negative impacts on community livelihoods plague many of these supplying countries. These countries may be divided into those still harvesting and exporting timber from natural forests on a large scale and
those past their highest levels of natural forest timber harvesting and now more aggressively
pursuing plantations and processing. Aside from Russia, China’s top Asia-Pacific timber suppliers could at best maintain current supply, with natural forest resources being depleted in less than 20 years. Resource limits also constrain expansion and/or longterm continuation of processed product export to China. Greater attention and action on
the part of governments, market leaders, and international organizations is needed to address negative impacts, shifting supply to a sustainable, legal, and equitable basis, and to determine from where China’s long-term supply will come.