Forest Export Markets: Opportunities in Japan and China - Vancouver, WA

Forest Export Markets - December 18, 2012 Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA

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Date / Time

Start Time: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 9:00 AM

End Time: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:30 PM


Name: Heathman Lodge

Street: 7801 NE Greenwood Dr

City: Vancouver

State: WA


9:00 Conference Welcome


Overview of Asian Markets and Fiber Supply

Speaker TBA

This presentation will cover the demand for imports of logs, woodchips, wood products and pulp in the key Asian markets of China, Japan, South Korea and India. Market share of US exporters will be discussed relative to supplies from competing regions such as Russia, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.


The Impact of Russian Log Exports on Asian Markets

Paul Owen, Vanport International, Boring, OR

What are the implications of Russia being accepted into the World Trade Organization? Will Russia slash or eliminate log export tariffs making their logs more affordable to China? Theoretically, that action could undercut North American log exports and China could lean less on the US and Canada for logs.

10:10 Break


Logs Exports Under an Uncertain Chinese Economy: Understanding Key Economic Indicators

John Perez-Garcia, Center for International Trade in Forest Products, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

This presentation will address two strategic business questions: Under what conditions will China continue to import US softwood logs? What is the likelihood that these conditions will continue into the future? The answer lies in an examination of the important factors in log trading and a focus on key economic indicators to discern possible future trends . . . all with a focus on China.


Moving Logs to Asia: Shipping Logistics, Options and Port Capabilities

Tom Leeds, Pacific Lumber and Shipping, Seattle, WA




The US as a Brand Name in Chinese Forest Products Markets

Xu Fang, American Softwoods China Office, Shanghai, China. In-person Interview by Eric Hansen, Wood Science and Engineering Department, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


How to Finance Your Exports and Mitigate Risk: Tools for Both Pre-shipment and Post-shipment Finance

Bryan Hicks and Tony Liebo, Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank, Seattle, WA

2:00 Break


Managing Phytosanitary Issues When Exporting Logs

Cindy Cooper, Plant Services, Washington Department of Agriculture, Olympia, WA

Each year Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) trade measures play an increasingly critical role in shaping the flow of U.S. global trade. China has previously acted to suspend log shipments from S. Carolina and Virginia due to the presence of pests. PNW log exporters will need to stay ahead of this curve.


Timber in an Uncertain Global Economy

Dr. Bill Conerly, Conerly Consulting, Lake Oswego, OR

Dr. Bill Conerly will address the demand for Northwest timber, including domestic uses and the export markets in Asia. Along the way he’ll explain the best practices for handling the tremendous uncertainty about the global economic outlook.

3:15 Adjourn

December 18, 2012 • Heathman Lodge • Vancouver, Washington




The workshop will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. The Heathman is located at 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. Take SR-500 East off I-5 in Vancouver. Exit at NE Thurston Way and go north to NE Parkway DR. Turn left on Parkway and the Lodge is on the left. The Heathman can be viewed at:

Lodging Information

Reduced rate lodging is available at the Heathman by calling 888-475-3100 or 360-254-3100 and by mentioning Western Forestry and Conservation. The rate for a single or double room is $99 plus tax.


The registration fee is $275. The registration fee includes a book of speaker materials, lunch and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. No refunds for cancellations after October 1, but substitutions are always welcome. Registration is available on line at substitutions are always welcome. Registration is available on line at

Society of American Foresters CFE Credits

CFE credits will be available at the workshop.

Registration questions?

Call Michele at (888) 722-9416 or (503) 226-4562or

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