Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Association general secretary Nguyen Ton Quyen said exports to major markets such as the US, Japan and the European Union will continue to increase and achieve growth rates of 10 per cent, 15 per cent and 18 per cent respectively.
Once the EU-Vietnam Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA-FLEGT) comes into force, there will be opportunities for Vietnam to export more wooden products to Europe and other markets, delegates told a seminar in HCM City on June 13.
Registration is now open for the 2017-18 Hoa Mai (Apricot Blossom) furniture design competition organised by the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCM City.
Sweden’s wood materials industry sees Việt Nam’s wood processing industry as a potential market for its eco-friendly, competitive and sustainable materials, speakers at a seminar said.
With the leading position in Southeast Asia, Vietnam’s wood production and processing industry is under the spotlight of foreign companies and suppliers.
The export of wood and wood products is expected to fetch US$8 billion this year, up from $7.3 billion last year.
The 12th Viet Nam International Woodworking Industry Fair opened in HCM City on Wednesday, with over 350 firms from 28 countries and regions taking part.
The biennial Vietnam International Woodworking Industry Fair (VietnamWood) will be back on the stage with greater momentum on Oct. 18-21. At its 12th edition this year, VietnamWood has incorporated concerted efforts from the co-organizers, Ministry of Industry & Trade – Vietnam National Trade Fair & Advertising Company (VINEXAD) and Yorkers Trade & Marketing Service Co., Ltd., while also gaining solid support from relevant government agencies as well as domestic and international industrial associations.
The export of wood and timber products is forecast to bring home 8 billion USD in 2017, heard a workshop in Hanoi on October 5.
According to Nguyen Ton Quyen, this phenomenon has been going on for a long time, but there are two major problems occurred in the past two years from the Chinese wood enterprises overflow into Vietnam. Firstly, from 2015 China closed natural forests nationwide. Second, China banned the export of raw material wood. While each year this market consumes about 200 million m3 of wood, this has led to a shortage of wood materials and they have to “sweep” the surrounding countries.