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South Carolina’s forest products industry seeks to grow exports to key, emerging markets

The Post & Courier
David Wren
October 18, 2016

A growing, consumer-driven middle class, a burgeoning furniture industry and stepped-up efforts to protect its own forests are driving the growth of wood product shipments to China from the Port of Charleston and other U.S. markets, a panel of global business experts said Monday.

The discussion, part of the Southern Forest Products Exports Conference in Charleston, highlighted the top current and emerging markets for the forest industry in the Southeastern United States. Those countries also include India, Turkey and the European Union.

While European Union countries are facing uncertain economies as they wait for Britain’s EU exit to play out, China’s growth appears unstoppable, panelists said.

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