Published Nov. 15, 2012
Pine logs are again being shipped from South Carolina to China following a Chinese ban on its log trade with the Palmetto State and Virginia, the S.C. State Ports Authority announced today.
Twenty containers with 800 logs left the port’s Wando Welch Terminal this week. The containers are part of a pilot program to restore China log trade with South Carolina and Virginia. The program requires more sampling and fumigation of the Southern yellow pine logs.
In April, Chinese government officials traveled to the Port of Charleston for a demonstration and discussions about the pilot program.
“South Carolina’s forestry industry is a major driver of exports from our port, whether paper, wood pulp or logs,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the ports authority. “China is a rapidly expanding market for Southeast logs and lumber, so reopening the trade boosts volume at the port and supports jobs across the logistics industry.”
The lumber shipped this week came from Walterboro.
South Carolina State Forester Gene Kodama praised the resumed trade with China.
“The resumption of log exports from Charleston is good news for South Carolina landowners and the forest industry,” Kodama said. “If landowners grow more wood in response to expanding markets and manufacturing, the forest industry will surpass its $17 billion economic impact. And, the result will be an improved economy and environment for South Carolina.”