Indonesia: Risk of dispute looms peatland boundaries are adjusted

ITTO's Tropical Timber Market Report
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Indonesia is revising the boundaries of the peatland defined in the moratorium agreed with Norway. Reports suggest that some 4.8 million ha. of peatland will be removed from the area of 10.7 million ha. previously defined as protected in the original moratorium. Compounding the chances of a dispute on areas covered by the moratorium is the decision by the Governor of Aceh province to allow an oil palm plantation to be established in an area which, say opponents, is a protected peatland.

Weak global demand for Indonesian products will eventually affect Indonesian domestic economy
The housing markets in major timber importing countries continue to weaken and the EU debt crises continues to bear upon international trade opportunities. These factors, amongst others, are causing export prices for Indonesian timber products to spiral downwards reaching their lowest in 2011. While the Indonesian domestic economy has remained stable, analysts are of the opinion that it will not be long before the weak global demand for Indonesian products begins to affect the local economy.

Exporters call for aggressive timber export promotion
Indonesian timber exporters have expressed the view that there is a need for the timber industry and Indonesian government to formulate strategic programmes to boost the export of timber products. Some timber exporters added that, while there are ongoing efforts, more aggressive programmes and planning are needed to cushion and safeguard the Indonesian timber industry in the short-term while solutions to the US and EU debt crises are negotiated.

Indonesia Log PricesDomestic Log Prices

Indonesia logs, domestic prices US$ per m³
Plywood logs Face Logs 221-264
Core logs 209-238
Sawlogs (Meranti)   218-278
Falcata logs   186-217
Rubberwood   94-98
Pine   195-238
Mahoni (plantation mahogany)   504-535
Domestic Ex-mill Sawnwood Prices
Indonesia, construction material, domestic US$ per m³
Kampar (Ex-mill) AD 3x12-15x400cm 208-227
KD 222-257
AD 3x20x400cm 242-265
KD 243-272
Keruing (Ex-mill) AD 3x12-15x400cm 257-271
AD 2x20x400cm 247-265
AD 3x30x400cm 230-249
Export Plywood Prices
Indonesia ply MR BB/CC, FOB US$ per m³
MR Plywood (Jakarta), domestic
Export and Domestic Other Panel Prices
Indonesia, Other Panels, FOB US$ per m³
Particleboard Export     9-18 mm 244-253
Domestic 9 mm 226-238
               12-15mm 221-233
               18mm 217-228
MDF Export     12-18mm 278-293
Domestic 12-18mm 261-273
Export Added Value Product Prices
Indonesia, Mouldings, FOB US$ per m³
Laminated Boards Falcata wood 325-338
Red Meranti Mouldings 11x68/92mm x 7ft up
  Grade A 518-549
Grade B 476-498
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