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Food & Agriculture

Forest Products

Forest Products Sojitz Canada Forest Products Department, which operates in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), has two sections: Logs and Lumber. Our primary business is exporting logs and lumber from North America to Japan for housing. We conduct negotiations, control quality, perform market analysis, and manage logistics in a timely manner for our overseas customers with ten knowledgeable members generating $300 million in sales annually. The Log section consists of six members and one contractor who reside in Seattle. We currently have four 28,000 to 32,000 ton chartered vessels, one of which is dedicated to loading from the US. We ship about forty vessels per year filled with softwood logs such as Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Balsam, Spruce, Yellow and Red Cedar mainly to Japan and occasionally Korea. With its growing economy, China is becoming our primary focus for expansion. Sojitz is the largest log exporter to Japan and in the past couple of years we have been increasing plywood log business in North America. Currently, we load out of Fraser Surrey, Port Alberni, and Nanaimo in British Columbia, and Alaska and Longview in the U.S. Prior to loading to our designated ports, we conduct log inspections to ensure that quality meets each of our customer’s desired standards. Recently cut logs ready for transport. A log shipment bound for Asia Although forestry might sound like a rural industry in a developed country like Canada, it still remains one of the b

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