Opportunities and challenges for importing Suriname timber to China

In February, the spring was cold and the containerized timber from Suriname re-entered Jiangsu Yangzhou Port. This was the third time since the first import of Suriname timber in Yangzhou Port in August last year. According to the importer, Suriname is rich in timber resources, and the species and reserves are very impressive. These are small-scale trial imports. If approved by domestic users, the import volume will be gradually increased.

The supply of wood for internal and external problems is not optimistic

In recent years, bans and restrictions on timber export in traditional forest areas such as Southeast Asia, Europe, America and Africa have appeared frequently, including restrictions on hardwood species. Especially obvious. At the end of 2016, China has deployed a comprehensive stop to commercial harvesting of natural forests nationwide. It is foreseeable that China’s dependence on foreign timber will rise sharply in the future. As a strategic resource for the development of the national economy, it is extremely urgent for China to open up new sources of imported timber.

Suriname, formerly known as the Dutch Guiana, is located in the Amazon basin of South America, with a forest coverage rate of approximately 94% and a deforestation area of ‚Äč‚Äčover 14 million hectares. In the past, due to government bans and backward infrastructure, Suriname was not active in the international timber market. The situation has changed. First, the government has increased its support. In order to change the face of the single export of bauxite in the past and ease domestic inflation, the Suriname government turned to support timber exports and strengthened infrastructure construction such as ports and highways. Second, the species and reserves are in line with the Chinese market. Suriname has a large number of high-quality hardwood species, suitable for furniture, flooring and outdoor gardening materials, which can make up for the gaps in Southeast Asia and Africa, and has abundant reserves and continuous supply of materials. Third, China has a long history of cooperation with Suriname. As early as 2007, the Minister of Land and Resources of Suriname Forest came to China to discuss forest resources cooperation. In 2015, CIMC Logistics officially launched timber exports. At present, 40% of Suriname’s annual export timber is exported to China, and more timber will be exported to China in the foreseeable future.

The quarantine alarm of Yan Shouguo is constantly ringing

Suriname timber is a useful supplement to the Chinese market and a potential opportunity for the Yangzhou Port and Yangzhou Timber Industry Chain, but at the same time It is worth noting that the wood pests in Suriname cannot be ignored. The quarantine officers of the Yangzhou Inspection and Quarantine Bureau continuously intercepted quarantine pests in three batches of container timber from Suriname, including the genus Eucalyptus (non-Chinese species), the genus Eucalyptus (non-Chinese species), the middle pair of small cockroaches, and the large The column is long and small, and the long column is the first interception of the national port. Recently, the Guangdong Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has also discovered a variety of beetles and red fire ants in the timbers of Suriname. These pests are currently not distributed in China. Once introduced, they will cause incalculable damage to China’s forest resources and personal safety.

Establishing an epidemic prevention and control mechanism in an emergency

In order to effectively prevent the invasion of harmful organisms and promote the development of bilateral trade, the inspection and quarantine department should take precautions and prepare for early measures before the timber import in Suriname increases significantly. First, to strengthen supervision, it is necessary to strictly supervise the timber in Suriname, and find dangerous pests should take effective measures as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the epidemic. Second, the idea moved forward, actively communicated with the Surinamese government, sent personnel to the main producing areas to make a comprehensive assessment of the deforestation, processing, transportation and decontamination of forests, and try to negotiate with the Soviet government on phytosanitary agreements. The third is to strengthen the main responsibility of enterprises, strengthen communication with imported enterprises, reaffirm China’s quarantine requirements for log imports, guide enterprises to establish sales flow accounts, require timber processing enterprises in the jurisdiction to record and register, and jointly build a port epidemic defense line. The fourth is the linkage of departments. Strengthen communication and coordination with local forestry and agricultural sectors. After the inspection and quarantine department of the entry timber has been inspected and released by the inspection and quarantine department, the quarantine results will be notified to the local agro-forestry department in time, and the relevant departments will supervise the timber after the quarantine release. We will take measures to protect China’s ecological environment and ensure the sustainable and healthy development of the timber trade between the two countries. Source: China Guomen Times

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