Canadian Wood Encourage Vietnam’s Wood Industry Sustainable Production

Vietnam’s fast-growing wood import market is continuing its shift towards environmentally friendly products. Buyers are increasingly favouring products manufactured using legal, traceable source materials. This shift presents opportunities for wood suppliers that can ensure sustainability and legality, including softwood suppliers from Canada.

Canadian Wood at VietnamWood Expo 2023 in HCMC

Mr. Do Xuan Lap, Chairman of the Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (Viforest), said Vietnam’s wood processing industry for export has attained two-digit growth over the past few years thanks to the expansion of the global market and increases in production capacity, particularly in products requiring high skills.

Over the past year, despite stagnant demand due to high inflation caused by geopolitical and global economic events, the tendency to shift wood product orders from China and other countries to Vietnam continues to be a cause of optimism for Vietnam’s wood production and export industry.

However, there are challenges facing the industry with stricter requirements from importers worldwide demanding “green” products made from legal, traceable wood sources. This has forced Vietnamese wood producers to seek higher quality and more sustainable wood suppliers.

As a result of these pressures, Vietnam’s wood producers are increasingly opting for Canadian softwood products. At the VietnamWood Expo in HCMC in late September, the Canadian Wood stall in the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) attracted the attention of quite a few visitors and wood producers.

Canadian Wood Vietnam is a part of Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), a British Columbia (B.C.) Government Crown agency headquartered in B.C., Canada. The agency does not participate directly in wood trading but acts as a bridge linking interested customers with wood producers in B.C.

One of Canadian Wood’s goals is to educate the market about softwood species from B.C. Their technical experts host seminars, provide support to manufacturers trialing wood and have educational brochures with details on each species.

“After a great deal of effort and direction from the organisation, the number of connections we have seen form over the past few years reflects the increasing popularity of Canadian wood sources among producers in Vietnam,” said Mr. Peter Bradfield, Senior Technical Advisor of Canadian Wood at the VietnamWood Expo 2023.

Explaining its popularity, Mr. Bradfield said B.C.’s sustainable forest management is known worldwide. Forests in B.C. receive sustainable management certificates from independent third parties, assuring buyers that the wood they use is sourced legally and responsibly. It is now a must in wood production in Vietnam and globally.

Source: Saigon Times


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