The total value of imported softwood logs and lumber was over US$2.2bn in Q2, 2013, an increase by almost US$600m from the previous quarter.

The higher demand for wood products comes as house-building activities have increased in the first half of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. Year-over-year, investments were up 13% in residential buildings, and 23% in commercial buildings, according to recently published official Chinese statistics.