In 2011, the value of B.C. lumber exports to China topped $1 billion for the first time, making it only the third market (along with the United States and Japan) to reach this milestone.
This high level of sales reflects the rapid growth of the Chinese market over the past decade. Since a joint China market development program was set up by FII and the industry, with federal government support in 2003, sales to China have increased more than 1,300 per cent since.
Over the past eight years, the program has succeeded in securing regulatory acceptance and significant commercial uptake. Commercial inroads have been made with a number of China’s larger developers, several of whom are now, along with innumerable small firms, building wood frame construction projects on commercial terms.
With the need for development work in China shifting from demonstration initiatives (lead by FII China) to greater technical support for Chinese builders and developers (delivered by industry through the Canada Wood Group), in 2012 the market development efforts in China are being consolidate under the Canada Wood umbrella. FII China will continue to manage outreach and relationship building on behalf of the industry with Chinese authorities and central government agencies.
More details on the China program are available through the China Report which is updated regularly.