The American Hardwood Export Council reports that the export of American
hardwood lumber to Australia and New Zealand has reached record levels this
For Australia, the January to September 2014 period saw a 54% increase
in volume to 10,323 cubic metres and a 46% value increase compared to the
corresponding period in 2013. New Zealand also saw growth of 26% volume and 31%
value in the same period.
Roderick Wiles, Director for the American Hardwood Export Council for
Oceania said that the Council has been receiving several enquiries from Australian
and New Zealand designers and architects who are considering using American
hardwoods in their work. While white oak and ash are popular choices, many are
exploring lesser known US species, including tulipwood and red oak.
He added that American hardwoods have compelling and proven
environmental credentials that are currently being prioritised by all designers
and specifiers in their projects.