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Wood Matters

Log Market - October 2010

As mentioned earlier in Clarky's Comment, presentations by Gerry Van Leeuwan and Russ Taylor on both Russia and China wood markets were a highlight of the recent ForestWood conference in Wellington in October.

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Carbon Market

Trading on the domestic market continues to be light with a lack of supply of NZUs and sellers holding off for higher prices.

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Clarky's Comment - September 2010

This month's Wood Matters has a focus on safety. I thought I'd comment on a related matter that can help contribute not only to safety, but also to better commercial and environmental outcomes – the significance of clear work processes and procedures, and the importance of sticking to them.

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Log Market and Ocean Freight - September 2010

Last month we reported that in mid August we were getting strong signals that CFR prices had stabilised in China at USD120/JAS m³. We are pleased to further report that August was in fact a trough from a decline in price that commenced in April of this year.

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Clarky's Comment - August 2010

Last week I presented at the 6th Australia – New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference in Sydney. The take home message was despite residual opposition from the farming sector, we are fortunate in New Zealand to have a pragmatic ETS in place.

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Future Forests Research News - FFR

Forest Stewardship Council(FSC) is very important for forestry companies who are supplying logs to customers who require independent certification that their wood products are sourced from well-managed sustainable forests.

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Log Market and Ocean Freight - August 2010

August has seen continued reductions in wharf-gate prices around New Zealand. Export log prices fell some $2-6/JAS m³ as ocean freight costs rose and CFR prices continued to drop (CFR prices are the US$ denominated prices in destination ports).

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Carbon Market, Sales and Carbon Forestry

Domestic prices for NZUs has strengthened marginally since last month in line with slight firming of CERs. However the prospect of a big increase on the supply side from pre-1990 forest allocations, fisheries and trade-exposed industries is keeping price expectations down.

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Carbon Market

On the 1st of July 2010 the energy, transport and industrial process sectors joined the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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New ETS Guide for Forest Owners

After getting feedback after a presentation to the annual conference of the Society of Chartered Accountants, PF Olsen has prepared a set of Guidelines aimed at helping smaller forest owners and their advisors make better decisions regarding the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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