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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.


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

Session Two

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? 

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