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Trends in markets for forest-based products and consequences for selected countries

Maksymets, Olena and Lönnstedt, Lars (2015). Trends in markets for forest-based products and consequences for selected countries. Open Journal of Forestry. 5, 697-710
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojf.2015.57062

Abstract

The forest sectors in many regions and countries are facing a need to change their structure, due to the development of new markets, emergence of new competitors, and shifts in production and consumption patterns for forest products. This article focuses on recent changes in the trade in these products, on imports and exports of four countries (USA, Sweden, Ukraine and, to a lesser extent, China) during the period from 1995 to 2011. For this purpose we use explanatory data analysis, time series analysis, benchmarking, meta-synthesis and content analysis of scientific and business publications concerning national and global trends in forest product industries. Data sources are various organizations’ databases of international trade in forest-based products in both monetary and physical terms (cubic meters and tons). The results show that the US and Swedish forest sectors are adversely affected by downturns in both their domestic and foreign markets during the study period, while the Ukrainian sector maintains exports of low value-added products at roughly constant levels (except that particle-board exports increase). China maintains production quantities of low value-added forest-based products, but also substantially increases exports of high-value added products. The results may facilitate efforts to forecast future trends and provide useful information and methodological approaches for future studies of interest to industry representatives, policy-makers and researchers.

Authors/Creators:Maksymets, Olena and Lönnstedt, Lars
Title:Trends in markets for forest-based products and consequences for selected countries
Series/Journal:Open Journal of Forestry (2163-0429)
Year of publishing :2015
Volume:5
Page range:697-710
Number of Pages:14
Publisher:Scientific Research Publishing
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Forest
ISSN:2163-0429
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E71 International trade
K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:forest products, international trade, forestry
Keywords:New markets, Forest-based products, Competition, International trade in forest products, Forest product companies
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3725
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3725
ID Code:13314
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Products
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:10 Oct 2016 08:40
Metadata Last Modified:04 Apr 2017 18:46

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