Malaysia: Industry urged to develop code of conduct

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Industry urged to develop code of conduct The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities said that Malaysian timber businesses should lend their support to the introduction of a code of conduct for the industry as global consumers are becoming more aware of issues related to sustainability and the environment. The minister added that the code of conduct for the timber industry could draw upon the experiences of the local palm oil and mining industries and those of foreign timber associations which have successfully implemented their own codes.

The ministry took cognizance of the importance of an industry code of conduct as the timber industry continues to address various concerns such as illegally harvested timber, deforestation, forest conversion and native land rights.

Malaysia is currently working to position itself as an ethical and major producer of timber and timber products. As such, 4.65 million ha. of natural forest has been certified under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme in collaboration with the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme.

This is in addition to 173,000 ha. of natural forest and 31,000 ha. of forest plantations certified under the Forest Stewardship Council scheme.

Of particular concern to Malaysian timber exporters is the US Lacey Act amended in May 2008 to ban the import of illegally harvested timber and timber products into the US. Similar regulations have been adopted in the European Union and will come into force in 2013 thus a code of conduct for the local timber industry will be a catalyst to help to address the myriads of issues faced by the industry in the international marketplace.

Producers cautious because of mixed market signals
Prices of Malaysian timber and timber products remain stable. Sarawak based loggers are still trying to overcome river transportation problems linked to the Bakun Dam. However, this is beginning to have a marginal effect on timber processors in Peninsular Malaysia who are increasingly looking overseas for their raw material supply, in particularly from Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

While the plywood sector is enjoying an increase in orders from Japan, the combination of the European debt crisis and uncertainty in the US economy has brought about an element of caution in the local timber market. Timber processors are wary of being caught with excessive inventory as at the beginning of the global economic slowdown in 2009.

Malaysia Log Prices Malaysia Log Prices
Sarawak log, FOB US$ per m³
Meranti SQ up 258-285
Small
250-279
Super small
248-271
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 271-289
Balau 322-352
Merbau 363-394
Rubberwood 103-137
Keruing 243-259
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
411-447
White Meranti A & up
307-337
Seraya Scantlings (75x125 KD)
449-461
Sepetir Boards
274-303
Sesendok 25,50mm
361-379
Kembang Semangkok
332-359

Malaysian Sawnwood, domestic
US$ per m³
Balau (25&50mm,100mm+)
343-363
Merbau
477-529
Kempas 50mmx (75,100 & 125mm)
286-326
Rubberwood 25x75x660mm up
239-289
50-75mm Sq.
277-309
>75mm Sq.
299-329


Malaysia Plywood Prices
Malaysia ply MR BB/CC, FOB US$ per m³
2.7mm
441-502
3mm
422-452
9mm & up
373-443
Meranti ply BB/CC, domestic US$ per m³
3mm
364-454
12-18mm
347-376


Other Malaysia Panel Prices
Malaysia, Other Panels, FOB US$ per m³
Particleboard Export 12mm & up
256-279
Domestic 12mm & up
248-262
MDF            Export 15-19mm
308-339
Domestic 12-18mm
299-318


Malaysia Added Value Product Prices
Malaysia, Mouldings, FOB US$ per m³
Selagan Batu Decking
569-579
Red Meranti Mouldings 11x68/92mm x 7ft up
Grade A
583-596
Grade B
538-548


Malaysia Furniture and Parts Prices
Malaysia, Rubberwood, FOB US$ per piece
Semi-finished dining table solid laminated top 2.5'x4', extension leaf
77-93
As above, Oak Veneer
84-98
Windsor Chair
76-78
Colonial Chair
74-79
Queen Anne Chair (soft seat) without arm
76-85
with arm
74-83
Chair Seat 27x430x500mm
62-67
Rubberwood Tabletop US$ per m³
22x760x1220mm sanded & edge profiled
Top Grade
626-656
Standard
609-625


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