Govt rejects China’s request for timber-based industrial zone in Myanmar

The Myanmar government has rejected China’s requests to purchase timber in log form under a tender system and to build a timber-based industrial zone in Myanmar, said Khin Maung Yi, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. Rumours have circulated recently about Myanmar signing an MoU with China to facilitate the […]

Container service to Yangon from Sept. 4

In yet another major development to make Visakhapatnam a container hub, Herbilan Shipping Pvt. Ltd, one of the leading players in shipping, will launch a feeder service connecting Visakhapatnam Port to Yangon in Myanmar from September 4. The new service will be launched from Colombo to Yangon via Visakhapatnam and back. It will be a […]

Gov’t Invites Tender for Log Sale

Myanmar has invited open tender for sale of teak and hardwood logs and sawn timber in Yangon, setting the date of the sale for Friday and next Monday, according to an announcement of the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). The forest products to be tendered include more than 1,240 tonnes of teak logs, 410 tonnes of […]

MTE to sell wood through open tender

Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) will sell more than 5,700 tonnes of logs and sawn timber through an open tender system. “At present more than 300,000 tonnes of timber have been sold out to Myanmar businessmen. According to the open tender system, the person who offers the highest price can buy the timber. Some businessmen saw […]

Myanmar sets annual limit on future timber demand

YANGON, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has set an annual limit of 1.16 million tons of timber for future demand despite annual increase in both local and foreign consumption out of growing number of construction projects, according to the state-run Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) Monday. The MTE said logging in 2013-14 fiscal year totaled 925,050 […]

Imported Timbers Key for Wood Processing Industry

The growth of Myanmar’s timber-processing industry will rely more on timbers imported from abroad than those produced domestically, industry insiders say. Despite heaving logging inside Myanmar, raw timber from outside of the country will ensure more profit for the timber-processing plants, which have increasingly received foreign investment, said U Bar Bar Cho from the Myanmar […]

Timber tender to feed domestic sawmills

Thoundsands of tonnes of timber will become available in Yangon and Mandalay Region as the government announced a large tender to process and export the already felled logs. The tender comes as Myanmar instituted rules on April 1 banning the export of unprocessed timber in a bid to develop a local sawmill industry. International importers […]

Myanmar Rosewood Stolen to Feed China’s Elite Furniture Craze

Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom, an environmental conservation group said. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire for the high-end Ming and Qing dynasty reproduction furniture collectively known […]

Myanmar sees dramatic rise in timber smuggling, official says

Yangon – Myanmar seized more than 15,000 tonnes of illegally harvested timber in the first two months of this fiscal year, a tenfold increase over the same period last year, a government official said Thursday. The figures were revealed less than a month after the country announced plans to reduce its output of processed teak […]

Ayeyawady contributing largest timber revenues

Ayeyawady Region is the largest contributing state for timber revenues to the central government in the fiscal year 2013-14. The government received Ks 400.57 million of Ayeyawady’s timber earnings, according to the study on natural resources, regional governments and wealth sharing in Myanmar. The study, under the title “Natural Resources and Sub-national Governments in Myanmar: […]