Malaysia: Domestic and export price differentials eroded

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Prices of Malaysian timber and timber products continue to rise sharply due to strong demand and higher fuel prices which are driving up transportation and production costs. Price differentials between domestic and export quality wood products are eroding fast.

This is expected to have a spill-over effect on other building and construction material in the market. The increase in construction grade plywood prices is expected to increase construction cost by 10% to 30% for both commercial and housing projects.

Logging area reduced in 10th Malaysian Plan
The Malaysian National Land Council has set aside 155,000 ha. of forest to be harvested for timber annually under the Tenth Malaysian Plan (10MP), a reduction of 15,000 ha. from the previous Ninth Malaysia Plan, which allowed for 170,000 ha. of forest to be harvested annually.

According to the Malaysian Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, the annual allowable cut was adjusted to meet criteria set up to determine proper and effective forestry management.

The ministry added that up to 2008, Sarawak had 6 million ha. of forest reserve out of 14.43 million ha. for the entire country.

However, in terms of forested areas, Sarawak had up to 8.23 million ha. this constituted 66.9% of the state land area, compared to 4.4 million ha. (56.7%) for Sabah and 5.85 million ha. (44.7%) for Peninsular Malaysia.

New ‘green’ material for industrial applications
The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) has succeeded in developing Kenaf Polymer Composite (KPC) as a ‘green’ material for construction and industrial applications. This came as a result of intensive research and development over a six year period.

Kenaf is regarded as a suitable substitute for timber products as it is a short term fibre crop, thus mitigating the need to harvest timber for wood-based product applications. The initial market potential for KPC products is estimated at RM3 billion annually.

Presently, samples of KPC have been sent to the EU for further testing and certification of its durability and properties. KPC is regarded as outstanding reinforcing filler in thermo-plastic composites when combined with certain plastic resins.

Malaysia Log Prices
Malaysia Log Prices
Sarawak log, FOB US$ per m³
Meranti SQ up 256-283
Small
245-275
Super small
246-267
Keruing SQ up 241-253
Small
232-264
Super small
221-245
Kapur SQ up 232-258
Selangan Batu SQ up 230-263

Pen. Malaysia logs, domestic (SQ) US$ per m³
DR Meranti 268-285
Balau 322-352
Merbau 360-391
Rubberwood 101-135
Keruing 241-257
Peninsular Malaysian meranti logs are top grade and are used for scantlings for the EU. Their prices are higher than Sarawaks.


Malaysia Sawnwood Prices
Malaysia Sawnwood, FOB US$ per m³
DR Meranti
409-445
White Meranti A & up
304-334
Seraya Scantlings (75x125 KD)
449-461
Sepetir Boards
274-303
Sesendok 25,50mm
361-379
Kembang Semangkok
330-357

Malaysian Sawnwood, domestic
US$ per m³
Balau (25&50mm,100mm+)
341-361
Merbau
472-524
Kempas 50mmx (75,100 & 125mm)
282-322
Rubberwood 25x75x660mm up
236-286
50-75mm Sq.
275-307
>75mm Sq.
297-327


Malaysia Plywood Prices
Malaysia ply MR BB/CC, FOB US$ per m³
2.7mm
440-500
3mm
420-450
9mm & up
372-442
Meranti ply BB/CC, domestic US$ per m³
3mm
363-453
12-18mm
346-375


Other Malaysia Panel Prices
Malaysia, Other Panels, FOB US$ per m³
Particleboard Export 12mm & up
254-277
Domestic 12mm & up
244-259
MDF            Export 15-19mm
307-338
Domestic 12-18mm
298-317


Malaysia Added Value Product Prices
Malaysia, Mouldings, FOB US$ per m³
Selagan Batu Decking
565-575
Red Meranti Mouldings 11x68/92mm x 7ft up
Grade A
580-593
Grade B
534-544


Malaysia Furniture and Parts Prices
Malaysia, Rubberwood, FOB US$ per piece
Semi-finished dining table solid laminated top 2.5'x4', extension leaf
76-92
As above, Oak Veneer
83-97
Windsor Chair
75-77
Colonial Chair
73-78
Queen Anne Chair (soft seat) without arm
73-82
with arm
73-82
Chair Seat 27x430x500mm
61-66
Rubberwood Tabletop US$ per m³
22x760x1220mm sanded & edge profiled
Top Grade
622-652
Standard
606-622


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