Forest Minister leads successful mission to China
Led by Forest Minister Pat Bell, British Columbia’s largest-ever forestry trade mission to China culminated with new orders to close off another record-breaking year. Companies who went on the China mission estimated they have generated sales of 156 million board feet of lumber to China for November and December – on track to hit 1.5 billion board feet in 2010 and up to four billion board feet by the end of 2011.
Key site visits for delegates on the trade mission included a China National Building Materials warehouse at the Taicang Port in Shanghai, reroofing projects, remanufacturing facilities using B.C. hemlock and spruce-pine-fir, and a recreational housing development outside Beijing. British Columbia’s trade representative in Shanghai was instrumental in helping B.C. forest products enter the market through the Port of Taicang, meeting with Taicang officials in May 2009, after which Taicang became the second port in China to accept B.C. and Canadian logs.