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About Tenco
Tenco is one of New Zealand’s largest exporters of forest products. We have built to this position since 1991 when the company was set up to export lumber to growing Asian export markets.  Experience and reputation count; from small beginnings Tenco has become the largest independent exporter of New Zealand lumber and New Zealand’s 4th largest log exporter.  Tenco has a regular shipping program of their own log vessels and in combination with these and other ships currently calls  at 7 New Zealand ports (5 North Island and 2 South Island).
Tenco buys standing forests.  Tenco currently has a number of forests which they purchased at harvestable age to log over a number of years for export and domestic markets.  Tenco also regularly buys smaller tracts of forest to harvest immediately or immature forests to hold until harvest time.  Tenco is interested in broadening  the  base of owners from whom it purchases forests and stands of trees.  A deal with Tenco is a certain transaction.  The owner and Tenco will agree on a value of the tree crop and then Tenco will pay this amount to the owner either in a lump sum amount or on rate per volume unit out-turn from the forest depending on the nature of the tree crop.
Tenco knows there are a lot of farmers who have trees that are close or ready to harvest and will be asking themselves how they should proceed with the sale of their trees.  For some farmers the kind of certain transaction with money in the bank could well be appealing. Tenco is actively interested in buying harvestable forests or trees from areas including all the North Island (except the Gisborne and East Coast districts) and Nelson & Marlborough in the South Island .
If you own a forest in this area (16 years and older) and are ready to enter into this kind of agreement Tenco is interested to develop something with you.
Please contact: 
Work: +64 7 357 5356  Mobile:  +64 21 921 595

Forest Owners Association Media release, 14 October 2015.

 Forest owners welcome border levy

Forest owners are welcoming the planned introduction of the new clearance levy to help fund border biosecurity.

“It is important that those who benefit from travel and tourism pay their share of keeping our farms, forests, orchards and national parks safe from pest incursions,” says Forest Owners Association biosecurity chairman Dave Cormack.“The costs borne by individual travellers will be small, relative to the cost of flying or sailing to New Zealand, but collectively they will make a big contribution.”

The levy was announced today by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner following public consultation.  It comes into effect on 1 January 2016 and will be NZ$18.76 + GST for air travellers and those arriving and departing on private craft, and NZ$22.80 + GST for cruise passengers.

Mr Cormack says the forest industry, like horticulture and livestock farming, are highly dependent on good biosecurity. There are insects and diseases out there that could devastate plantation forestry, in the same way that foot and mouth would be catastrophic for livestock farming.

“The forest industry has funded its own forest health surveillance scheme for many decades. This is now being refined using international expertise, to ensure we are monitoring the areas of greatest risk as well as keeping a close watch on a cross-section of forests nationwide,” Mr Cormack says.

“As part of this refinement we have also integrated our surveillance with the biosecurity operations of the Ministry for Primary Industries, which tend to focus on ports and places like national park access points where travellers unpack their tramping and camping gear.”

He says the Forest Owners and Farm Forestry Associations are in the final stages of negotiating a Government Industry Agreement which will detail where responsibilities and costs will lie in the event that there is need to combat a pest or disease incursion.


For more information, please ring Dave Cormack, Tel 021 222 9315

Trevor Walton
FOA communications
Tel 021 381 465

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