The potential of the People's Republic of China as a market for NZ radiata products.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameBachelor of Forestry Science with Honours
It is concluded from a review of literature that there is a large end increasing demand for forest products in Chino which domestic supply is unable to meet. Indications ore that continuing economic reform will allow exporters to supply a substantial part of the predicted deficit of over 200 million m³ in 2000. There is, and will be, a market for relatively unprocessed products such as logs and wood pulp. A market for more processed products is also expected to develop due to an industrial infrastructure which is inadequate to meet increased processing requirements. However competition from other exporters with greater resources and government support for market development will be strong. Discussion with people involved in wood product marketing in NZ indicated that only the largest forest product companies are pursuing the Chinese market. Continued co-operation between NZ exporters with be important to make the most of limited resources. Although the option of investment in Chinese wood processing facilities is not favoured by NZ exporters at present, it is recommended to ensure a continued market for NZ radiata products.