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Millers in West Africa have provided some comments on shipping opportunities and market developments saying they have been told ports in Italy are closed for timber shipments and that there are many containers awaiting dispatch from the ports.

Producers say there are few new orders coming from but as the restrictions there are eased this should change. However, producers do not expect to see any major increase in orders for several months.

The authorities in Spain have relaxed some restrictions on travel and companies are slowly adjusting to virus management regimes but this is having a downward impact on production in Spain. Producers say demand in Spain for sapelli and tali is now low.

The problems of shipping to Iraq continue and producers have found that cargo movement through Umm Qasr and Bassra Ports is a major problem for shippers.

There are buyers of West African timbers in the Philippines but they have now asked shippers to delay any further shipments. The Philippines government recently announced it will ease quarantine measures in some parts of the country but will extend restrictions in Manila and some other cities until 31 May.

CAR producers unable to transport due to border closure

In Cameroon shipments that have been delayed are slowly been loaded and dispatched to ports in Europe which are still operating and to China. Production levels have been driven down as measures to eliminate the spread of infection amongst workers are implemented.

Producers report delays in having documents processed as so many government offices are without the normal staff levels.

With the border between the Central African Republic and Cameroon closed, producers in CAF, while still milling, cannot transport to the port in Cameroon.

Timber companies continue to operate in Gabon

The decision by the government in Gabon to ease travel restrictions comes as welcome relief to workers, many of whom had been laid off. The lockdown was introduced 13 April covering Libreville and three neighbouring communes.

The easing of restrictions means that the so-called ‘nonessential’ businesses can reopen. However Gabon’s borders are still closed and the 1800 hr to 0600 hr curfew is still in force.

The Ministry of Forestry was, as of mid-May, not fully staffed but a team is providing the Laissez Passer so timber companies can continue operations.

As could be expected there have been no price movements.
Log Export Prices

West Africa logs, FOB € per m³
Asian market
LM
B
BC/C
Acajou/ Khaya/N’Gollon
265
265
175
Ayous/Obéché/Wawa
250
250
225
Azobe & Ekki
275
275
175
Belli
270
270
Bibolo/Dibétou
215
215
Bilinga
275
275
Iroko 300
280
225
Okoume (60% CI, 40% CE, 20% CS) (China only) 220 220 200
Moabi 365 365 285
Movingui 210
210
Niove
160
160
Okan
200
200
Padouk
250
230
200
Sapele 260 260 200
Sipo/Utile
260
260
230
Tali 300 300

 

Sawnwood Export Prices

West Africa sawnwood, FOB
€ per m³
Ayous FAS GMS 440
Bilinga FAS GMS 540
Okoumé FAS GMS
460
Merchantable 310
Std/Btr GMS 340
Sipo FAS GMS
500
FAS fixed sizes
FAS scantlings 520
Padouk FAS GMS 640
FAS scantlings 675
Strips 320
Sapele FAS Spanish sizes 450
FAS scantlings 480
Iroko FAS GMS 600
Scantlings 660
Strips
350
Khaya FAS GMS
480
FAS fixed
540
Maobi FAS GMS
620
Scantlings
640
Movingui FAS GMS
420

 

 

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