Export demand for pine chips

TWO shipments of pine woodchips left the Wairiki Port in Bua last month bound for the Japanese and Chinese markets.

This was confirmed by the general manager for Tropik Wood Products Ltd in Wairiki, Moses Peter, who said each ship transported close to 40,000 metric tonnes of pine woodchips with a shipload valued at $3.5 million.

Mr Peter said they were expecting another shipload of pine woodchips next month.

“Pine woodchips produced at our Tropik Wood Products Ltd in Wairiki is in high demand in the Asian markets,” he said.

“We are expecting shipments every month bound for our major markets which are Japan and China.

“China and Japan are currently making clothing materials from pine woodchips and composting, heating systems, mulches and walkways.”

Earlier, Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu confirmed during his tour to the North that Tropik Wood Products Ltd generated a revenue of $10.4m during the past six months.

Mr Naiqamu said this year they were expecting nine pine woodchips shipments bound for Japan.

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