Production and sales figures and an analysis of the barriers to the use and economic activity of timber in Costa Rica and how to overcome them.
From a report entitled "Market for timber and timber derivatives in Costa Rica by the Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO):
This paper develops a strategy and a plan to increase the consumption of wood in the Costa Rican market.The proposal is based on an analysis of economic activity in the forestry sector and its flows.A deepening of the knowledge of the timber market has been achieved through a strong focus on supply and demand, as well as trade of products and determination of the main barriers that discourage the use and economic activity related to wood in Costa Rica.The size of the domestic market for timber and its derivatives is 643 000-669 000 cubic meters per year and their activities add to the economy more than $300 million in 2014.
Timber from trees grown fifteen years ago in commercial plantations is starting to be cut and exported.
In the year 2000 about 22 thousand hectares of African mahogany, kapok tree, oak, laurel, royal cedar, and other species were established on 300 farms in Nicaragua. Starting from 2014, these plantations will produce 40 thousand cubic feet of wood per year, which will be exported either as raw material or processed into finished products.
Negotiations are underway for a voluntary agreement to channel excess supply of wood in the Honduran market by exporting it to the EU with legal certification.
"... With the European Union we are negotiating a voluntary agreement to export timber and open the market which today is very insignificant, less than 2%, but we hope that in the future it will be the largest source of Honduran timber exports," said José Trinidad Suazo, executive director of Forest Conservation Institute (ICF).