Senior Economist, International Timber
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.
International timber: agroforestry, log market trade wars, record volumes for chips in Asian markets
- Agroforestry: While primarily a sector attracting only “impact investing” firms today, agroforestry and silvopastoral practices may offer benefits for main-line TIMOs and pension fund investors as well, in some situations.
- International Log Markets: How have the “trade wars” impacted US exports of softwood and hardwood logs.
- International Woodchip Markets: Record volumes being set in the Asian markets yet again in 2018, but a supply crisis is looming. News from RISI’s 10th International Woodfiber Conference in Durban.
Outlook for the Asian softwood log trade
Tuesday, 6 October, 2020 - 12:30
- The US/China Trade War has persisted and has made life difficult for US log exporters, where are the alternative markets?
- The spruce beetle devastated Central European forests and dumped a surplus of fiber onto the market, what is the impact on prices?
- Emerging economies in Southeast Asia are not importing significant volumes of logs, but is there a change on the horizon?