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BC trade trip to Asia to boost lumber markets – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201848 Views

December 6, 2018

The B.C. forest minister’s trade mission to Asia has become something of an annual tradition that, this year, has an air to it of battling back against tough markets that have crimped the province’s exports of forest products.

In past years, the event heralded B.C.’s breakthrough into the Chinese market, which rapidly took over as the province’s No. 2 export market after the U.S. for lumber.

This year, however, as Forest Minister Doug Donaldson leads about 40 company executives, civil servants and Indigenous leaders on a 10-day sales trip to Korea, Japan and China, B.C. is in the fourth year of a slide in lumber sales to China.

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