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B.C. lumber exports to China soar

B.C. lumber exports to China soar

Shanghai: British Colombia wood exports are lumbering into China at a faster pace than expected by those on either side of the Pacific Rim. ? B.C. Minister of Forests and Prince George MLA Pat Bell has been in China, seeing first hand the huge demand for timber.
"The Chinese are moving up the value chain and we need to continue to build that," Bell said. "We sent about 720 million board feet to China last year, we are on pace now this year to send them 1.4 billion board feet, and pace has picked up. That's about the equivalent of five or six major mills' combined output in the B.C. interior. Our goal for China is to send them 4 billion board feet a year by 2011, which represents about 30 per cent of B.C.'s lumber. That would give us the diversity we need in our dealings with the Americans going forward."  [10/11/09]

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