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JAPAN IMPORTS LESS

Wood is the traditional building material of Japan and yet imports from North America and Canada were down last year.
This in fact was the third consecutive year that this has happened.
All the major lumber species, beloved by Japanese construction showed a decline, namely Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Yellow Cedar and Hemlock.
At one stage last year it seemed that SPF lumber, which has no direct equivalent, seemed to be the industry saviour, but in the second half of last year demand for new housing starts fell and as a consequence so did SPF demand.

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