Keeping Overseas Markets Strong – Asia Trade Mission 2015
Coast Forest Products Association (CFPA), along with 30 other delegates from the B.C. forest industry, recently returned from a trade mission led by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and facilitated by the Government of Canada. The fall 2015 mission to China and Japan built on previous ones that have strengthened trade relationships with overseas customers.
In China, several agreements aimed at further developing and growing markets for high-quality, sustainably produced Canadian wood products were signed. One was a renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese National Ministry of Housing and Urban Development to enhance the energy efficiency of buildings and support the goal of reducing carbon emissions in China’s construction sector. In addition, two additional MOUs were renewed with the Shanghai Municipal Housing Construction and Development Centre and the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee. Together, they will ensure ongoing support for the promotion of wood frame construction as a preferred building method for public buildings with a focus on the increased use of new technology such as hybrid concrete prefab construction with wood infills.
In Japan, the mission delegates toured a five-storey elderly care facility constructed with B.C. wood and designed using B.C. innovation and technology.
Continued demand from Asian markets is integral to the health of B.C. forestry and the British Columbian economy. Trade missions provide the vital link that allows British Columbians to grow, maintain and strengthen our bonds with customers in China and Japan.
The Government of Canada partners with the Province of B.C. in supporting the activities undertaken by Canada Wood China through the Expanding Market Opportunities program, which helps Canada’s forest sector, diversify its markets.
For more information on the 2015 Forestry Trade Mission, please visit the Province of British Columbia website.