Ahec sees continued demand for hardwood
Dubai, May 16, 2009
The American Hardwood Export Council (Ahec) has projected that the regional demand for American hardwood will remain strong amidst the current slowdown in the construction market.
Ahec has further said that exports will remain stable, after registering a 19.6 per cent jump to reach $55.5 million across the Mena region in 2008, according to latest data released by the US Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS).
In line with its aims to bolster import volumes to the region, Ahec recently participated at the Dubai International Wood and Wood Machinery Show 2009, where it networked with potential customers and introduced the latest American Hardwood products.
According to the USDA-FAS report, hardwood lumber, which is the principal value-added US hardwood product exported to the region, saw an increase in volume of 3.7 per cent to 48,698 m3 and in value of 3.8 per cent to $35.5 million.
Furthermore, latest data also reflected that shipments of both hardwood veneers and logs grew significantly in 2008, rising by 59.7 per cent to $18.6 million and by 58.6 per cent to $25.5 million (51,547 m3), respectively.
In Bahrain alone, lumber exports from the US in 2008 have reached $498,000 (552 m3), while veneer and flooring shipments have reached $15,000 and $20,000 respectively during the same year.
Recording what is so far the largest hardwood delegation from the US that has ever exhibited at a trade show in the Middle East, all 20 exhibitors who participated under Ahec’s American Hardwood Pavilion secured significant deals.
“Our presence at this year’s Woodshow has been another tremendous success, as all the US exhibitors have had a chance to highlight their individual products to regional customers at the event,” said Roderick Wiles, Ahec consultant for international markets.
“Our efforts to establish strong visibility within this event are part of our strategy to fuel the imports and exports of US Hardwood to the region,” he added.
“We are expecting positive upshot even after the conclusion of this year’s show, which has always been an effective platform to showcase our products to this lucrative market.”
“We are committed to strengthening the ties between US exporters and Mena region importers, manufacturers and specifiers and maintaining the status of US hardwood products as the top choice among clients in the region,” concluded Wiles.
“This underlines how important the region has become to American hardwood producers in recent years, and we are optimistic to see further growth in our Mena export figures in the coming years.” – TradeArabia News Service
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