1st-15th April 2020
Survey – impact of pandemic
Correspondents in tropical timber producing countries featured in this market report have responded to a series of questions on the impact of the pandemic. Early responses have been received and are reported from Ghana (page 3), Indonesia (page 6), Myanmar (page 8), Vietnam (page 11) and Brazil (page 13).
The same questions have been distributed to the ITTO Trade Advisory Group (TAG) and responses will be compiled and made available.
The survey will provide information on the impact of the pandemic and serve as a basis for the development of ideas and suggestions by ITTO for the recovery of production and exports in tropical timber producing member countries.
These are extraordinary times and extraordinary measures will be needed to reverse job losses and rebuild revenue flows in the tropical timber sector.
●No clear picture on how pandemic is affecting timber companies in Africa
●Malaysian private sector faces supporting livelihoods of timber sector foreign workers
●280,000 furniture sector workers laid off in Indonesia
●Vietnamese industry - growth disrupted
●Furniture industry back to work in Bento Gonçalves
●Peru -Forestry paralysed by lockdown
●Japanese plywood mills cut production
●Chinese forestry enterprises back to work except in Hubei
●EU furniture sector particularly hard hit by pandemic
●US woodworking industry faces challenges but remains optimistic