China Log Export Update

May 1st, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

To Our Valued Customers: 

Laufer Group has been closely following the situation in China regarding log exports from the USA.   Below are several updates from industry association advisories:

 

Appalachian Hardwood Manufactures, Inc:

Date: 5/1

I want to offer a brief update on the U.S. log shipments to China issue that was first reported on Friday. There is little news today because many Chinese government offices and businesses were closed April 30 and May 1 for the Labour Day holiday.

It appears a "rules enforcement change" in the Chinese departments that oversee log imports has caused the issue. I spoke with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Services Director for China and Mongolia today who said there has been a consolidation of programs within the Chinese government. He was not aware of a specific change in enforcement procedures for log imports but sent information I provided to Commerce and Trade officials in China.

 

National Hardwood Lumber Association:

Date: 5/1

As of this morning (May 1st) APHIS has not received any official communication. The Foreign Agricultural Service is working on putting together a communication and as soon as this information is received NHLA will share. 

 

National Hardwood Lumber Association:

Date: 4/27

NHLA has been made aware of a developing situation involving the exports of logs to China. While there has been no official communication from either the Chinese government or US government officials in China, we have confirmed from three different freight forwarding companies as to the situation at hand. 

 

It has reported to NHLA that "No logs (hardwood or softwood) can enter the following ports unless they are de-barked or have been fumigated: Zhapu, Yantian, Qingdao. Other Chinese districts are expected to follow suit."

 

American Hardwood Export Council:

Date: 4/27

Like many of you we have been hearing about sudden changes to Chinese customs enforcement on imported hardwood logs, including reports that log shipments are being halted at several Chinese ports while enforcement policies are clarified.  It is important to point out that we have not yet received any official communication from either the Chinese government or US government officials in China but we strongly suggest you check with your freight forwarder before making any additional shipments.  We will keep you advised when we receive word from the US Agricultural Trade Office in China.  


In the meantime, please note that to our knowledge the phyto regulations on log shipments have not changed, but it appears that enforcement—particularly in relation to logs being transshipped through Hong Kong—is being stepped up and the so-called “Hong Kong Stamp Loophole” is being closed.  For your reference, below are the phyto requirements for hardwood log shipments to China according to USDA-APHIS:

 


 

 

The most stringent China requirements are on oak with bark, due to oak wilt.  We are required to fumigate with methyl bromide, at 15 lbs/1000 ft³ for 72 hours.  Without bark only a Phyto Certificate is required.  All other species and states are:

 

Logs (Hardwood) from All Other States

  • With Bark:

o   Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) is required. State of origin must be listed on PC. Logs must be safeguarded with a secure cover or otherwise segregated after treatment and cannot be stored directly on soil.

o   Logs must be treated with: Methyl Bromide (Tarp or Chamber) 41 to 59F 7.5lbs/1000ft3 for 16hrs; 60 or above 5lbs/1000ft3 for 16hrs,

  • Without Bark:

o   Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) is required. State of origin must be listed on PC. Logs must be safeguarded with a secure cover or otherwise segregated after inspection and/or treatment (if required) and cannot be stored directly on soil.

o   Additional Declaration (AD), "The logs in this shipment are without bark."

o   Individual logs must have less than 5% bark on the surface area and the entire shipment must have less than 2% bark overall.

 

Logs (Hardwood) from SC and VA

  • With Bark:

o   Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) is required. State of origin must be listed on PC. The treatment facility must be listed in the treatment section in the additional information box. Logs must be safeguarded with a secure cover or otherwise segregated after treatment and cannot be stored directly on soil.

o   Logs must be treated with Methyl Bromide (tarp or chamber):

§  41 to 59F 7.5lbs/1000ft3 for 24 hours

§  60 or above 5lbs/1000ft3 for 24 hours

  • Without Bark:

o   Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) is required. State of origin must be listed on PC. Logs must be safeguarded with a secure cover or otherwise segregated after inspection and/or treatment (if required) and cannot be stored directly on soil.

o   Additional Declaration (AD), "The logs in this shipment are without bark."

o   Logs must have less than 5% bark on the surface area.

 

Your Laufer Forest Product experts are ready to assist you as we obtain additional information from China.

  

Our #1 priority as always is to help maintain our customers’ competitiveness, to keep your cargo flowing as quickly and as consistently as possible, and to continue to communicate effectively along the way.  Our nimbleness, market awareness, and “Built Different” philosophy enable us to do this - as your partner. 

 

Thank you very much for all your support.

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