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12 March 2003
Exports of forestry products for the year ending 31 December 2002 rose by 2.4
percent over the previous December year to NZ$3,709 million, according to the
latest statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
This represents a 12.5 percent share of New Zealand's total exports.
The increase was driven by exports of sawn timber (up 15.1 percent to NZ$925
million), logs (up 9.3 percent to NZ$773 million), fibreboard (mostly medium
density fibreboard - MDF, up 2.9 percent, NZ$298 million) and
continuously-shaped wood products such as mouldings (up 31.1 percent to NZ$113
Falls in the value of pulp exports (down 12.6 percent to NZ$490 million) and
paper and paperboard exports (down an estimated 15.6 percent to NZ$498 million)
partially offset these increases.
Australia was the leading market for New Zealand's forestry products in the
December 2002 year, with a 25.5 percent market share (NZ$945 million).
The other major markets were Japan (NZ$ 707 million or 19 percent market
share), USA (NZ$ 570 million or 15 percent), Korea (NZ$493 million or 13
percent) and China (NZ$383 million or 10 percent).
For further information, contact: Judith Dennis, senior analyst, Forestry
Statistics Section, Policy Information Group, MAF Policy Tel. 04-498-9825 Email: