Posted August 20, 2018
Ghana exported a total of 144,300 cubic metres of wood products between January and May 2018 to register a 24% growth when compared to 116,952 cubic metres exported in the same period in 2017. Total export revenues for the first five months of 2018 also improved, rising 38% to Euro 86.32 million from Euro 62.65 million in 2017, as ITTO reported.
Primary wood product exports (poles and billets) expanded 81% from 8,045 cubic metres in 2017 to 14,540 cubic metres in 2018. Exports of secondary wood products, mainly sawnwood, boules, veneer and plywood also increased 22% while exports of tertiary wood products declined.
The major markets were in Asia with smaller quantities going to neighbouring African countries. Planation teak, rosewood, ceiba, papao/apa and wawa were some of the leading species utilsed for exports.