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Overview of timber sector of Myanmar


million US dollars exported (2015)


million m3 of logs produced (2017)

Production and processing

Main harvested species

The exports of Myanmar's timber industry are dominated by the valuable Burmese teak (Tectona grandis), although many other species are harvested both the country's natural forests and forest plantations. These species include Pyinkado (Xylia dolabriformis, X. kerri), Padauk (Pterocarpus macrocarpus), Htauk kyant (Terminalia tomentosa), Rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and Gmelina (Gmelina arborea). The latter two species are principal plantation species.

According to ITTO (2017) the industry of Myanmar produced in 2015 about 4.4 million m3 of logs.


Total export value of primary timber products accounted for about 400 million US dollars in 2015.


Timber export Myanmar

Logistics infrastructure

While much of the timber is harvested and transported by private Myanmar companies, in cooperation with the state‐owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), all timber must be shipped out through designated Yangon timber ports with MTE markings. The great majority of the timber exports are going to other Asian countries, in particular China and India, as can be observed from the graph below.

Data table

(X 1000m3)
(X 1000m3)
Domestic consumption
(X 1000m3)
(X 1000m3)
logs 4.360 0 4.321 446
Sawnwood 1.830 1 1.719 89
Veneer 225 10 49 16
Plywood 116 63 170 24

ITTO (2019), data 2017