Japan's log export volume for the first six months of this year is 636,356 m3, 3.7% more than 2019. Cedar is 553,591 m3, 5.6% more and cypress is 76,658 m3, 10.1% more, as ITTO reported.
Lumber export is 74,068 m3, 0.6% more. Cedar is 41,144 m3, 8.5% less and cypress is 19,177 m3, 27.4% more.
Log export in the 1Q 2020 decreased because of slump in China but export for other markets is steady from the beginning of the year. Export to China recovered in the 2Q so total log export increased over 2019.By species, cedar export for China is 0.8% more.
The volume dropped by 29% in the 1Q by corona virus epidemic but it increased by 23.4% in the 2Q. For other destinations, Korea is 37.8% more, Taiwan is 25.1% more and Vietnam 320% more.
Cypress log export for China is 6.6% more and for Korea 8.2% more and for Taiwan 26.5% more. Vietnam increased by three times and exceeded Taiwan volume. New market of Vietnam is increasing the volume of both cedar and cypress but like China, cedar and cypress may be processed and export for Japan market.
On lumber export, the volume for China and Philippines steadily decreasing and Korean market is not steady. Lumber export for the U.S.A. is increasing every month.