The primary focus of this website is on trade in tropical timber.
Russia is included here as an exception, primarily because, like the
forests of the great majority of tropical timber producing countries,
eastern Russia's forests are being impoverished by corruption and
over-exploitation. Timber exports from eastern Russia are defined
here as those timber exports from Russia that are destined for East
Asia. Indochina is defined here as Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand
and Vietnam - the chart above excludes trade between the countries
of Indochina. Rubberwood, which accounts for a substantial share of
the wood raw material in the timber and furniture exports of a number
of countries and which should not be described as tropical timber,
is excluded from the data presented for Indochina in order to reflect
the region's tropical timber exports.
of timber (much of which is wholly of partially tropical), China's
timber exports are not shown on this webpage because a high proportion
of those exports does not derive from forests in China.
Indonesia is one
of East Asia's major exporters of pulp and paper - a sector not covered
by this website, even though much of Indonesia's pulp and paper exports
still derive from timber from natural tropical forests.