Japan’s importation of timber and wood products to hit 13-year high due to twin-disaster

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 3rd, 2011

Japan’s importation of logs, lumber and plywood in 2011 is likely to be the 13-year high since 2008 because of post-earthquake and tsunami re-building, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

The WRQ said Japan is in urgent need of pre-fabricated houses and manufactured wood products in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11.Because more than 400,000 people lost their homes and 100-150,000 buildings were destroyed, the re-building of towns, roads, railways and the power grid in the impacted region northeast of Tokyo will be a lengthy and difficult undertaking.

Much is still uncertain regarding short-term and long-term changes in the importation of forest products, but the need for construction material is going to be considerable in the coming years.

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