A question about log exports
From New Zealand Tree grower August 2011
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: Josh.Bannan@tenco.co.nz
Work: +64 7 357 5356 Mobile: +64 21 921 595 www.tenco.co.nz
During the business section of the 2011 AGM in Masterton earlier this year Allan Laurie asked a very relevant question. Allan’s question was along the lines ‘what are we doing to educate the Chinese and Indians about the properties of our radiata pine’. In my opinion Allan’s question was not adequately answered.
About two decades ago the New Zealand forest industry produced a series of brochures in Chinese and other Asian languages giving details on the properties of radiata pine logs as well as how the wood might be used. Is the log export trade still attempting to inform the Chinese about radiata’s properties? Are we doing likewise in India?
On a recent visit to China I was walking along the back streets in the city of Dali in southern China. By chance I came across a one-man joinery workshop in an area no bigger than a single garage here. The joiner was making wooden panel doors. The doors contained a mixture of wood species but the long door sides or stiles as well as the rails were obviously radiata pine. The even textured wood with wide annual rings, obvious resin canals, wide pith and of course sap stain. The wood was most probably sawn from radiata logs imported from New Zealand.
Communications were impossible as I did not speak Chinese and the joiner did not understand English but I very much doubt if he had any knowledge of the different woods he was using. I also doubt he would have any concern about the longevity of the doors he was making.
Termites and borer are present in both China and India and presumably both are a serious problem in the long term. Is there any attempt to have our radiata pine treated? I do not know if it is even possible. I do know it is very very hard to get wood purchasers to take a long-term view. Most are interested in a making a sale today.
What I fear is that we could be setting ourselves up for the international equivalent of our leaky building crisis. There could be very serious long-term problems for our forestry export trade. Our competitors will make the most of radiata’s failure to withstand a borer attack.
Do not be fooled into thinking that in 30 year’s time no one will be able to tell what wood species was used to make the borer-ridden or termite-ridden door. Imported radiata is so distinctive that any one with any wood knowledge could easily be able to identify where the wood came from.
But New Zealand has been exporting logs to Japan for nearly 55 years and yet no problems have emerged? As I understand, the market in Japan it is very different from that in China and India. Although there is a tradition of wood being used in Japanese house construction these houses are not permanent. Young couples prefer to build a new house than take over and renovate their parent’s house.
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