India’s market has opened to Canadian eastern-spruce products, according to Canada’s Ed Fast, minister of international trade and minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway; Joe Oliver, minister of natural resources; and Gerry Ritz, minister of agriculture and agri-food.
“This agreement will help eastern Canadian exporters tap into the large and growing Indian market,” Fast said in a written statement. “The potential market for Canadian lumber in India is significant, and this is very good news for Canada’s forestry workers and their families.”
Canadian producers of lumber made from the black and red spruce species found in eastern Canada stand to benefit most from the agreement, as India can use the lumber to manufacture in-demand products such as concrete forms, scaffolding, joinery (doors, windows and moldings), packaging (pallets and crates) and furniture. Moreover, continued collaboration with India to expand market access for other wood species could create new opportunities for the rest of the Canadian forestry sector.