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John North

Senior Economist, International Timber

Fastmarkets RISI

John North joined Fastmarkets RISI in July of 2017 as an economist covering the international timber markets. Prior to Fastmarkets RISI, he spent 6 years on active duty as an officer in the US Marine Corps, serving primarily in the Middle East and West Africa. Afterwards, he held a civilian role with the United Nations in Cote d’Ivoire before returning to graduate school in the US.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from The Citadel and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia.


Outlook for the global timber market (focus on hardwood chips & softwood logs)

Session Two - Macroeconomics, market overviews and forecasts for the year ahead

Tuesday, 28 September, 2021 - 12:30

  • Diminishing surplus of European beetle-killed softwood logs
  • Full Russian ban on log exports expected by 2022
  • Who will step in and fill the supply deficit as Chinese demand increases?
  • What does the new trade dispute between Australia and China mean for Oceania log exports?
  • Will exemptions to quotas and tariffs from US/China Trade War allow the US to become competitive in the market again?
  • How will rising Chinese and Japanese demand and constrained supply impact woodchip prices?
  • Is there enough fiber from Southeast Asian woodchips to supply the increasing demand?




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