With lumber export sales of 4.28 billion board feet as of
November, British Columbia exports to China have already surpassed the province’s 2008 goal of exporting four billion board feet in 2011.
Last year’s export sales to China, with December still to report, are up 74 per cent from 2010 and 200 per cent from 2009. Sales to China, now with a value of more than $1 billion, make up about 29 per cent of all B.C. lumber exports. Only the United States at 42 per cent is larger.
The three-way market development program between the province, federal government and industry targeting China and other growth markets for B.C. forest products is paying off. Since 2003, when the program started in China, B.C. sales have surged more than 1,300 per cent and more than tripled in the last two years.