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China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

BC’s sec­ond-largest mar­ket for soft­wood lum­ber prod­ucts. Ja­pan is the third-largest mar­ket, re­ceiv­ing 13 per­cent of soft­wood lum­ber ex­ports, to­talling $731 mil­lion.

The ex­pan­sion and de­vel­op­ment of Asian mar­kets for BC lum­ber has been a large part of the forestry sec­tor’s re­cov­ery from the world­wide re­ces­sion of 2008. Jobs have in­creased 7 per­cent, and ex­ports are up 20 per­cent.

“We’re the largest ex­porters into those mar­kets, both into China and Ja­pan,” Thom­son said. “We want to con­tinue to build value and op­por­tu­ni­ties for our in­dus­try.”

A key ap­proach is to “move wood

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