Timber Sales Guide for Landowners: How to Get the Best Price for Your Timber

timber sales guide

timber sales guide
So, you are done growing timber on your land and are now ready to reap the rewards of years of hard work. But, how do you ensure to get the best or value for your timber sales? Having a brief knowledge of the timber sale process might help.

We at CameroonTimberExportSarl help new timber businesses & landowners get the best out of their timber harvesting activities. Whether you need help with finding out the best timber quality or type to harvest or want to know the right process to sell your timber for the best value, we are here to help with our timber sales guide.

How Much Money You Can Make by Selling Your Timber Harvest Will Depend on a Number of Things, Including:

  • The time when you sell it;
  • How you sell it;
  • Whom you sell it to;
  • Timber species;
  • size;
  • And of course, the quality & quantity of timber.

Having the right people to assist you can make all the difference. For example, we have been in the timber industry for more than 30 years and have the specialized knowledge required to assess the value of timber based on species, volume, quality and other factors.

This timber sales guide takes you through the best process of marketing and selling your timber for the best price, with or without professional help.

Timber Selling Process – the Best Route to Take for Maximum Gain

Before you could start selling your timber, it’s important to know about a few things, including the timber buying/selling process, methods, people involved in the process, how to measure timber, price conversions between different log rules, factors affecting the timber price, etc.

People in the Timber Buying Process –

A typical timber buying/selling process will have the following roles:

  • The owner/seller
  • A buyer/broker
  • A forester or legal advisor
  • A mill or manufacturer

Timber mills or manufacturers usually purchase their timber from intermediaries (timber buyers) who buy it from private landowners. Brokers sell the timber to their preferred mills after making a decent profit. Alternatively, owners can directly sell to manufacturers/mills, but that can be a complex and time-consuming process. And the broker also plays the role of determining the right timber value based on its quality, quantity, age, etc.

A seller can choose to sell timber on a ‘per unit’ or ‘lump sum’ basis. The price of the per-unit timber or the whole lot will be determined accordingly.

The timber measuring process can take considerable time, depending on the person doing it. Some buyers/sellers will measure each merchantable tree individually in order to calculate the entire volume of the lot/stand. Others work on the sampling mechanism, where a systematic sample is taken that represents the entire lot.

When measuring a tree, the person will usually measure two parameters –

1) The tree diameter at a height of 4.5 feet above the ground line, i.e. diameter at breast height or DBH,
2) The merchantable height of the tree.

Knowing about the factors affecting timber prices is also important in order to be able to determine the right price. These include timber species, type, quality & size, location, volume, competition in the market, etc.

Then, the next step is to market timber, i.e. get the word out about your timber harvest and let potential buyers know.

The timber selling process may sound complex, and it actually is, which is why we strongly recommend seeking professional assistance, especially if you are a new timber owner or seller.

Why Is Professional Help (From an Experienced Timber Supplier or Forester) Important?

Even though it’s possible to sell your timber on your own without the assistance of an expert, hiring professional help will ensure a smooth and profitable timber sales experience.

Professional timber suppliers and companies have good knowledge of the market and have experience in selling timber for the best price. They can help determine the right value of your timber harvest by assessing its quality, age, etc. Also, they can help market and sell the timber to the right buyer for the right price.

For example, we at CameroonTimberExportSarl help local landowners throughout the timber harvesting process, from selecting the right timber species to growing and harvesting it, logging and processing, and then selling to the highest bidder.

We have our own sawmill in Douala, Cameroon where we process wood into the timber on behalf of hundreds of our partners and clients through the country and then transport it to buyers’ locations all over the world.

To know more about our timber-related services and to check out the timber species we export globally, visit the website cameroontimberexport.com.

How Timber Harvesting Process Takes Place at Cameroontimberexportsarl

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timber harvesting process
Many people who are not aware of the timber harvesting process might have questions like how is harvesting done or what people are involved in the process and how is timber valued for harvesting, etc.

We’ll try to answer some of these questions here.

At CameroonTimberExportSarl, we use an advanced harvesting process that leaves our forest lands with plenty of smaller trees even after harvesting. At the same time, we harvest in such a way that the land remains fertile and reusable immediately after.

How Does Timber Harvesting Work?

The standard timber processing process involves the following steps:

  1. Planting
  2. Evaluation & appraisal of timber
  3. Logging (harvesting)
  4. Timber processing
  5. Professional/legal consulting (optional)

All of the above timber harvesting  process involve dedicated players having different roles. We will discuss the harvesting process and personnel in detail below. But, let’s first discuss the things that decide the value of timber.

Before you think of harvesting or even growing timber, you must know about the parameters that help decide how much timber would be worth. The general key factors include timber species, size, location, age & defects, and type.

Talking about the size of timber, the larger trees are better in terms of value. Some timber species like Ebony, sandalwood, bubinga, Amaranth, etc. are more expensive compared to wood species such as pine, fir and spruce. Hardwoods are usually more valuable than softwood. The location or the distance of the harvesting site from the mill is another factor that may affect the overall value or profitability.

Here are the steps involved in the timber harvesting process at CameroonTimberExportSarl:

 

Step 1: Planting & Growing Trees

 

The first step is, of course, finding the right property for timber harvesting. We at CameroonTimberExportSarl have our own, company-owned lands as well as have contracted with multiple property owners in the region to ensure a consistent supply of plenty of quality timber year around.

We as well as our partners grow trees on our respective lands as per the company policy for harvesting the most valuable and best quality timber.

 

Step 2: Wood Quality/health Inspection

 

Once the trees are fully grown and ready to harvest, one of our inspection teams visits the forest to assess the wood health and quality. This helps figure out the value the timber will likely provide upon selling. Also, the type, quality and age of timber helps determine the best way to cut down and process the trees.

 

Step 3: Logging

 

Logging is the process of cutting down the trees and making them ready to ship. The process involves cutting down the trees, removing the unnecessary branches, cutting the logs into specific sizes and then transporting them to the mill.

The task is performed by our dedicated & trained logging teams that have all the best-in-class machines and other heavy equipment to do a good job with complete safety.

After the trees are cut down into logs, they are shipped to the company mill in Douala Cameroon.

 

Step 4: Timber Processing

 

Not many woodworkers purchase wood logs directly. They want timber that is ready to use. So, the next step in wood harvesting is the processing of wood logs into the timber. This is done at our local sawmill.

The wood logs are sawn to produce timber sheets of different sizes and dimensions. A typical log can produce multiple sheets of timber, depending on its size and diameter.

After the timber is processed, it’s safely stored in the company warehouse or loaded onto large trucks ready to be transported to the buyer’s location.

Private landowners who are harvesting timber or planning to do it are advised to also hire the services of a professional forestry & legal consultant to ensure smooth management of the entire operations, from wood evaluation to harvesting and fetching the best price for the processed timber.

We at CameroonTimberExportSarl supply African wood logs and timber to dealers and woodworkers in more than 10 countries. Besides this, we also offer timber harvesting, transportation, brokerage, storage, processing, drying, treatment and other related services. To know more, visit our website cameroontimberexport.com.

Why Are Lumber Prices Increasing Constantly? Where to Buy Timber Cheap?

key reasons for increasing lumber prices

reasons for increasing lumber prices
As a woodworker or regular buyer of timber/lumber, you must have noticed that lumber prices are constantly increasing. In fact, the price of timber in some regions has nearly doubled in the past couple of years.

One obvious reason for this is the depleting supply of wood (forest strength) in most parts of the world. And then the demand for quality lumber is constantly increasing, which has also helped boost the wood price. Another not so common reason behind the recent lumber price increase is the COVID pandemic, which forced many lumber mills to shut down over the concerns of the infection spreading.

If you are looking to buy cheaper timber amid the pandemic, visit the cameroontimberexport.com website or contact us directly at +237 683 37 5541 to know about the best rates for African timber.

Let’s bust the rumors first

If you’ve heard the rumor that the lumber  prices are increasing because producers are purposely shorting the supply, you are not alone. And believe me, there is not much fact in these rumours. In fact, most of the timber producers & suppliers we work with are doing their best to maintain the supply and keep the prices in check.

3 Key Reasons for Increasing Lumber Prices

 

#1 Limited Supply

 

As you may very well know, the amount of forestation around the globe is slowly but surely depleting. So, of course, the supply of timber is also reducing with time, which increases the price.

Also, in recent times, especially during the pandemic lockdown, a significant increase in DIY woodworking activities was reported, which gave a boost to the demand while the supply was further reduced because of the lockdown and temporary shutting of mills.

 

#2 Increasing Demand

 

As the world is slowly getting back to its feet after the COVID lockdown, there has been a substantial increase in construction activities, which has given a boost to the demand for construction lumber.

As per a trading economics report, new construction in the USA surged by 22.6% between May and June. As the housing market is booming after the pandemic, so is the demand for and price of housing timber.

 

#3 Speculators Buying with the Hope to Sell Expensive

 

Another key reason for increasing lumber prices is the role of speculators which is quite significant as well. Expecting the demand, many speculators started buying and storing timber well in advance so that they can sell it later at a high price. This further expanded the gap between lumber supply (availability) and demand.

So, how do I buy cheap timber without compromising on quality?

If you are wondering whether it is possible to buy cheap and good quality timber, we have the best solution for you.

At CameroonTimberExportSarl, we have our own forests in Douala, Cameroon that are approved for harvesting, of course, within the local harvesting rules. So, basically, we have an ample supply of fresh and top quality African timber almost always.

Because of the huge supply, we are able to keep our lumber prices low. If you are looking to buy wood or lumber in bulk, you can expect a further discount on standard rates. Contact us today to share your timber requirements and know the best price for your location.

Sustainable Wood Export and Development Practices – CameroonTimberExportSarl

Sustainable Wood Development

Sustainable Wood Export
All our wood harvesting, processing and supplying practices here at CameroonTimberExportSarl are based on the concept of Sustainable Development, which refers to economic development without harming the nature of the environment.

Our woodworkers are hard-working individuals who are also very careful about protecting the environment while performing their duties. We at CameroonTimberExportSarl take every precaution to not accidentally or willingly harm the ecosystem or the health safety of our workers while doing our work. We are committed to taking very good care of the well-being of our workers and ensuring they are paid well.

Sustainable Wood Development – What It Means for Us

From harvesting forests to cutting & processing logs and timber, we strictly follow sustainable development practices.

At CameroonTimberExportSarl, we have multi hectares of forests reserved for sustainable wood harvesting. To maintain sustainability, we harvest not more than 2 trees at a time per hectare per year. Typically, each tree gets about 30 years of life before it’s ready to harvest.

Here at CameroonTimberExportSarl, all our wood processing and management plans are driven by the following three goals:

  • Maintaining biodiversity and protecting the ecosystem;
  • Welfare and development of workers & their families;
  • Respect local populations & their culture.

CameroonTimberExportSarl Environment Safety Policy

Tree harvesting and cutting can have serious environmental impacts if done improperly or ruthlessly. That’s why we at CameroonTimberExportSarl use multiple approaches to keep a track of the impact of our harvesting activities on the environment to ensure we do not cross the line.

Besides using modern tools & techniques including the Forest Compass and Geo-referencing, we train our workers to use low-impact logging techniques that are effective in achieving quality sustainable management of our forests in Cameroon.

Social Welfare & Development Policy

Sustainable access to quality housing, food and medic care is the least you can expect when working with CameroonTimberExportSarl. For us, the safety of our employees is always a priority and for this, we take every possible measure in our capacity. All our employees, whether residing at processing sites or in towns, are provided with the best-in-class living environment with easy access to top services, security & training.

In addition, all our employees are provided with adequate safety gear, including helmets, boots, coats, etc., which are replaced every couple of months. From time to time, we conduct health checkups to keep track of and maintain the health safety of all our workers.

For the growth and development of the local societies and people, we do our bit by promoting the recruitment of local people, providing financial support for the development of local projects, farms, schools and markets. Also, we generously pay Annual Forest Royalties (RFA), which further helps local development and growth.

Sustainability is in Everything We Do

Not just wood harvesting or processing, we maintain sustainability even in our daily practices, like saving water and electricity as much as possible, minimizing the use of paper, promoting the use of recycled items, among other things.

To know more about CameroonTimberExportSarl’s sustainable wood harvesting & development practices, contact us today.

We are a leading Cameroon-based supplier of top-quality African timber and export to countries like Malaysia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Canada and other locations in the Middle East and Europe.

How to Buy Best Quality Wood Directly from a Wood Supplier

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buy wood directly from supplier
If you are a professional woodworker or retailer, you must know that the most profitable way to buy wood is straight from the supplier rather than a dealer or your local shop. When buying wood directly from the wholesale supplier, you won’t only get the best price but also may get better options to choose from.

But, finding a reliable wholesale supplier of timber can be more difficult than you would imagine. You cannot simply ask your local retailer or distributor for the contact of their supplier. So, the best you can do is research online and through common contacts to find the right supplier that can consistently deliver good quality wood at cheap rates.

Finding the Right Wood Supplier in Your Area

Unless you have good contacts in the wood industry, it will not be easy to find a good supplier of wood. Most of the top suppliers work through dealers and/or supply directly to retailers, which is convenient for them. Working with individual buyers or consumers is not feasible for them. So, even if you manage to find a reliable wood supplier, convincing him to supply wood directly to you rather than his dealer will be a different task in itself.

You can use the internet to research and find good suppliers of timber that export to your location. Alternatively, you can use woodworking forums and communities to ask for referrals from expert people who are already using the services of reputable wood suppliers in your region. Social media can also prove to be a good source to seek leads.

CameroonTimberExportSarl delivers to most countries in the world, including Malaysia, UAE, Iraq, Canada, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia. We are a Cameroon-based top supplier and exporter of the best quality African wood and timber in a wide variety of species. We also supply directly to consumers, retailers and woodworkers at guaranteed lowest prices.

How to Buy Wood/timber Directly from Cameroontimberexportsarl

The process to buy the best quality African timber and logs directly from CameroonTimberExportSarl at the lowest price is simple. Just follow the steps below.

1. Use the contact form here to send your timber enquiries. Make sure to mention the size, species and quantity of wood that you want to buy. Alternatively, you can call us at +237 683 37 5541 to register your wood order directly or drop an email at info@cameroontimberexport.com.

2. Once we receive your query, we’ll get back to you at the earliest to further discuss your requirements and other details like delivery, payments, etc.

3. We deliver to most countries around the world. So, you can place your order to receive wood directly to your location. We also take care of shipping and customs.

We supply the best quality African wood at the lowest price here at CameroonTimberExportSarl (best wood supplier). You can visit our website to find out more about the wood species that we deal in and other wood related services we provide.

We accept all the leading global payments, including T/T bank transfer, MoneyGram and Western Union. Contact us today to discuss your wood requirements.

Where to Find Best Quality Cheap Lumber in Africa?

where to find cheap lumber
where to find best quality cheap lumber in Africa

That’s a million-dollar question. And one with not an easy answer.

Have you ever imagined if you could find a way to get cheap lumber for your woodworking business? It would probably solve a lot of problems and certainly increase your profits.

When looking for a way to find and buy cheap lumber/timber in Africa, you might have to do a lot of research. There are hundreds of timber sellers & exporters in Africa, but you should try & find the best timber supplier with the guaranteed lowest price in the market.

Wondering when and where to buy cheap lumber/timber from in Africa?

CameroonTimberExportSarl is a leading supplier of top-African wood logs and timber available in a range of African timber species and sold at affordable/wholesale rates with worldwide delivery.

Whatever type of African hardwood timber you are looking to buy from anywhere in the world, you can buy it directly from CameroonTimberExportSarl – the largest supplier of industry-grade timber in Cameroon and one of the largest in Africa.

As the biggest supplier of raw African timber and logs, CameroonTimberExportSarl deals in all the top varieties and species of African wood. We supply timber and logs of Teak, Azobe, Black Limba, Bilinga, Bubinga, Ebony, Ekop Naga, Doussie, Iron wood, Iroko, Ekop, Beli, Okan, Maobi, Mahogany, Makore, Okoume, Padauk, Ovangkol, Tali, Sapele, Rose wood, Zebrawood, Zebrano, and Wenge.

How to Buy Good Quality Timber/Lumber at Cheap Prices in Africa

As I said, you might need to do your research in order to find out the best place and seller to buy cheap African timber from. Here are some tips you can follow along the way.

Buy Directly From the Seller

As far as possible, always buy your wood directly from the seller. This will not only help reduce the wood cost by eliminating the middleman commission but also ensure you get the best quality. Also, this makes the return process easier in case you are not 100% happy with the wood quality delivered.

Compare the Price

When looking to buy wood from a wholesale supplier, always compare your options rather than purchasing from the very first seller you come across. You can use search engines like Google or social media to find out about leading timber sellers in Africa and then compare their prices, quality, reviews, etc. to find out the best.

Quality over Quantity

In the end, if you have to choose between quantity and quality, always go with quality. In other words, do not compromise quality in the search of cheap lumber in Africa.

Global Delivery

If you are looking for cross-border delivery, try & search for a seller that offers global wood delivery to your location. CameroonTimberExportSarl, for example, is a Cameroon-based company that exports African timber and logs to worldwide locations including UAE, Malaysia, Vietnam, Iraq, Canada, and Saudi Arabia. Also, we take care of customs and other legal requirements when supplying woods throughout the world.

To know more about CameroonTimberExportSarl services and timber options or to place your wood order now, visit cameroontimberexport.com.

Best Types of Wood for Woodworking

best types of wood for woodworking
best types of wood for woodworking

When you are looking to select the best types of wood for woodworking project, it’s also important to choose the right type. Wood can be broadly categorized into two types – softwood and hardwood.

Irrespective of their names, softwood and hardwood have some significant differences, which you can find here. True to their name, hardwoods are relatively denser and have better resistance to fire and damage. In terms of price, hardwoods are comparatively more expensive because of their limited availability and extensive usability.

Common examples of softwood include cedar, pine, fit, redwood, etc. Popular hardwood examples are Mahogany, teak, oak, and hickory.

Best Types of Softwood for Woodworking

Softwoods are generally good for most woodworking projects. These are produced from coniferous trees that grow fast and straight. Their low cost makes them a common choice for low to mid-price wood projects. Softwoods are also easier to find in almost all parts of the world.

We at CameroonTimberExportSarl export all top varieties of African softwood with delivery worldwide. Here are the most common types of African softwood you can buy from CameroonTimberExportSarl.

Pine

Pine is by far the best and one of the most used types of African softwood used for woodworking. All pine species are ideal for furniture making. One of the reasons Pine is preferred by most woodworkers is that it’s very easy to work with and carves easily.

You can purchase pine directly from your local wood store, however, if you are looking to buy pine in bulk for a woodworking project, it’s cost-effective to import top-quality pine from CameroonTimberExportSarl, the leading supplier of African wood.

Best Hardwood Types for Woodworking

Hardwood is a more common type of wood preferred by woodworkers. Besides strength, they possess many other qualities such as high fire resistance and moisture resistance. The variety of colors and texture in hardwood make it look beautiful, especially in furniture making projects.

Following are some of the common hardwood timber and log varieties you can import directly at the best price from CameroonTimberExportSarl:

Mahogany

Mahogany is one of the most commonly used hardwoods for furniture making. Its reddish-brown color featuring medium texture makes it look exquisite. The high popularity and lack of availability make mahogany quite expensive wood to buy and use.

You can purchase Mahogany timber and logs in bulk at the best rates from CameroonTimberExportSarl to get delivery to your location anywhere in the world. Place your order today.

Oak

Oak is a hardwood that is widely used for making furniture, among other objects. African oak is strong and very durable. It’s also easy to work with, which makes it a common choice for woodworkers.

Buy the best quality African oak timber and logs at the best price from CameroonTimberExportSarl.

Teak

Teak continues to be one of the choicest types of wood for outdoor furniture. The African teak is hard and is super resistant to moisture, weather and heat. Not only it looks beautiful in its naturally golden-brown color but is also quite strong.

The rare availability of teak makes it very expensive. For the best deals on top quality African Teak timber and logs, visit CameroonTimberExport.com.

Other than the above wood species, you can also buy the other top hardwood varieties including afromosia, azobe, anigre, bilinga, bubinga, ebony, iroko, rosewood, sapele, and walnut at the best prices with home delivery from CameroonTimberExportSarl.

What is Blockboard? Types and Manufacturing Process of Block Board

what is blockboard

Blockboard is a widely used form of engineering plywood that is made by sandwiching the core of softwood strips between layers of wooden veneer. The block board with a single veneer on both sides of softwood is usually called a 3-ply. These plywoods are generally used for making objects like tables & benches, beds, bookshelves, doors, and long wall panels.

Because of the added layers of veneer wood, block boards are comparatively stronger and more durable than regular timber.

what is blockboard

Types of Block board

Based on the quality, usage and the base wood, blockboard can be classified into the following 4 types:

Based on the raw woods

  1. Softwood block board
  2. Hardwood block board

Based on the quality & usage

  1. Interior grade block board
  2. Exterior grade block board

1. Softwood block board

These types of block boards are made using solid softwood. The strips of wood are glued together and then sandwiched between layers of hardwood veneers to form a strong board.

2. Hardwood block board

The only difference between hardwood and softwood block board is the raw material, which in case of hardwood board is hardwood, which makes the final board stronger and more heavy and dense. It’s also more expensive compared to other types.

3. Interior grade block board

This type of block board is primarily used for making interior wood objects such as furniture. It’s said to have very good moisture resistance, which makes it ideal to use for making objects with frequent access to water.

4. Exterior grade block board

As the name suggests, this type of blockboard is ideal for making exterior wood objects such as outdoor furniture. These boards are quite strong and have very good resistance against moisture, heat and other environmental conditions.

Block Board Manufacturing Process

The process of manufacturing block boards is very crucial, as the quality & strength of a block board very much depend on its manufacturing process.

The standard block board manufacturing process is as follows:

1. Slicing

The wood logs and cut and sliced to produce sheets, called strips. The block strips are usually 25 mm in width.

2. Rotary Cutting

The second step is producing the veneer coating, which involves rotary cutting the logs to make the outer layer.

3. Gluing

The wood slices, or strips, are then glued together using adhesives like Urea formaldehyde and plastic resin under high-pressure conditions.

4. Drying

After the gluing process, the blocks are left in the sun for naturally drying in order to reduce the moisture and water content. The drying process continues until the humidity reduces to 10-12%, after which the blocks are processed to the next stage.

5. Attaching

In the next phase, the blocks are attached with the softwood or hardwood (veneer), for interior grade and exterior grade respectively.

6. Finishing

After the block board is ready, a final coating is done for extra strength and support.

We at CameroonTimberExportSarl specialize in delivering the best quality African timber & wood logs to timber merchants worldwide. We are authorised to legally harvest, process and export timber from our Cameroon mill to our clients in multiple countries, including Malaysia, UAE, Vietnam, Iraq, Canada, and Saudi Arabia.

To know more about our timber species or to place an order, you can contact us via our website or drop an email to info@cameroontimberexport.com.

Africa’s Biggest Timber Exporter Countries

Africa's Biggest Timber Exporter Countries

Africa is one of the world’s largest exporters of timber and wood logs. In 2020 alone, the continent exported $3.4 billion worth of timber. Gabon, Cameroon, etc. are some of the leading African wood exporter countries.

If you are here, you probably want to know about the top African countries that export the most timber to the world. But before that, let’s take a brief look into the history of the African Timber Export industry.

Africa's Biggest Timber Exporter Countries

Timber Exports by Africa

The laws in most countries of Africa prevent the export of wood logs, which means only milled wood or timber is allowed to export.

Before 1990, Ivory Coast (country in West Africa) was the biggest exporter of tropical timber. However, the quantity of timber exported by the country gradually decreased over the years.

Ghana is also one of the largest African exporters of timber and has seen a rising trend in the export numbers in recent years. Other top exporters of African timber include Gambia, South Africa, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

However, if we talk about the best or leading exporters of timber in Africa during the modern period, Cameroon comes in the first place, closely followed by South Africa and Gabon.

Since the early 1990s, Gabon and Cameroon have been the biggest exporters of tropical timber in Africa and have substantially increased their timber export capacity over the years.

In 2020, Africa exported $3.4 billion worth of timber led by the following 10 countries:

1. Cameroon

In 2020, Cameroon became the top African exporter of processed wood, i.e. timber, with a record export worth $611.9 million in a year. It’s also one of the largest suppliers of timber in the Africa continent.

There are many leading timber suppliers & exporters in Cameroon, of which CameroonTimberExportSarl is the largest Cameroon-based timber supplier in terms of the quantity of timber it exports each year.

The company exports top-quality African round logs and African timber of a variety of African wood species to countries all over the world.

In addition, it also offers a range of woodworking related services, including brokerage, wood drying, wood processing, wood treatment, wood harvesting, wood transportation, and others.

2. South Africa

Besides being one of the largest countries in the African continent, South Africa is also one of the largest producers and exporters of African wood in the world.

In the last year, the country exported timber worth a total of $534.5 million, as per resources.

3. Gabon

Gabon has plenty of forest area, rich in high-quality timber with species ranging from Sipo to Tali, Tiama, Sapelli, Padouk, Okume and Okan.

The country is one of the largest exporters of valuable timber species in Africa. It exported a record $488.4 million worth of timber in the year 2020.

4. Congo

Congo is one of the biggest suppliers of timber. Most of the country’s timber is exported in the form of wood logs.

In 2018, Republic of the Congo produced approximately 1.849 million m³ of logs, while in 2020, the country-based timber companies exported timber worth $380.6 million.

5. Equatorial Guinea

With approx $283.3 million worth timber export in 2020, Equatorial Guinea stands at the fifth position in the list of the largest African exporters of timber in 2020.

Equatorial Guinea is a Central African country that is covered by dense tropical rainforest and produces a vast amount of timber.

6. Ghana

Ghana became the sixth largest exporter of timber in Africa by recording a total timber export worth over $203.9 million in 2020.

As of Jan 2016, Ghana has approximately 2.6 million hectares of forest reserve land, of which 715,000 hectares are used for natural timber production.

7. Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire is a West African country with plenty of rainforests. In 2020, the country created a record by exporting timber worth $116.8 million in just one year.

Teak is the main timber species produced and exported from Côte d’Ivoire.

8. The Gambia

The Gambia is a small West African country that is famous for its diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. It’s also one of the largest exporters of timber in the African continent.

In 2020, the country exported timber worth $98.9 million.

9. Swaziland

Swaziland, commonly called by its regional name eSwatini, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa.

The county exported timber worth $91.5 million in 2020, becoming the ninth largest timber exporter in Africa.

10. Democratic Rep. Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country in Central Africa that houses the second-largest rainforest in the world.

The country reportedly exported timber worth $72.5 million in the last year.

For your trade enquiries and to place a timber order with CameroonTimberExportSarl, visit the website https://cameroontimberexport.com/

Okoume Plywood Properties, Uses and Best Place to Buy

What is Okoume?

If you want to know everything about what is Okoume plywood, how can we use it and the best place to buy it then you are in the perfect place.

What is Okoume?

What is Okoume?

Okoume is a well-known wood species that is commonly found in Central Africa and some other parts of the world. Okoume is largely used as plywood for making furniture and similar objects.

The wood is produced from the Okoume tree, which is typically 100-130 ft in height. It has straight to slightly wavy texture, which makes it look beautiful but less durable.

There is an interesting history behind the origin and name of Okoume. It’s an African hardwood tree that only grows in parts of Africa, including Central Africa (Gabon) and sold worldwide.

The tree has a huge trunk that can go up to 6 ft in diameter. It is taller than average and has a fast growth rate.

Okoume Plywood Properties: Quality, Size, and Thickness

It is wise to get an idea of the properties and varieties of Okoume plywood before buying one to ensure you get the best quality at the best price.

Okoume wood is available in both logs and timber form, both of which you can buy directly from CameroonTimberExport. While logs are standard round in shape, having custom lengths (in ft), timber can be made available in different shapes and sizes.

At CameroonTimberExportSarl, we have high-quality Okoume timber in two-sides as well as S4S moulding and custom thickness ranging from ⅛” to 1”.

Okoume Timber Available For Sale

Our Okoume timber is ready to be used as plywood or for any other woodworking projects.

  • Tree Size: 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 3-6 ft (1-1.8 m) trunk diameter
  • Average Dried Weight: 27 lbs/ft3 (430 kg/m3)
  • Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .35, .43
  • Janka Hardness: 400 lbf (1,790 N)
  • Modulus of Rupture: 10,870 lbf/in2 (75.0 MPa)
  • Elastic Modulus: 1,228,000 lbf/in2 (8.47 GPa)
  • Crushing Strength: 5,250 lbf/in2 (36.2 MPa)
  • Shrinkage: Radial: 4.6%, Tangential: 7.1%, Volumetric: 12.2%, T/R Ratio: 1.5

Large pores of Okoume make it not so durable and poorly resistant to insects and rot. Also, it must be protected with a layer of glue or some sealant to protect from moisture when used for boatbuilding. It is recommended to paint Okoume plywood with varnish to make it more resistant to environmental elements.

Okoume Plywood Applications: Where and How to use it?

The plywood is used for a variety of woodwork projects, ranging from furniture making, boat building, and building attractive wood items/objects. It is most commonly used for building boats and other lightweight wood items. Since it has a naturally beautiful and luxurious look, it is also used for making kitchen cabinets and modern furniture.

It is mainly used for building boats that are near-waterproof. That said, the wood is not exactly waterproof and needs a layer of adhesive or glue to make it water-resistant. Since it’s a strong hardwood and bends easily, it serves well for the purpose of boat building.

The lightweight and attractiveness of Okoume also make it ideal for a variety of woodworking projects, including furniture-making and refacing kitchen cabinets.

Where to Buy Okoume Plywood from (Best Price & Worldwide Delivery)?

Looking for the best place to buy Okoume plywood from, in your budget and required dimensions of size and shape? Visit CameroonTimberExportSarl.

We are a leading supplier and exporter of top-quality African wood timber and round logs and provide delivery all over the world. We deliver Okoume timber and plywood to merchants worldwide. Also, we guarantee the best price for African Okoume timber with the quickest delivery.

Okoume plywood price can vary depending on the quality, size and shipping cost. But, you can purchase the best and lowest priced Okoume timber from CameroonTimberExportSarl with quality guarantee. We have the highest standard Okoume wood available in both standard and custom sizes.

To place an order, send your enquiries using the contact form or give us a call on +237 683 37 5541.