Research article Trade in Forest Products between Australia and New Zealand
In most countries a proportion of forest products consumption is met by imports. Australia has mostly hardwood forests and is an importer of softwoods. New Zealand has softwoods and is an exporter of these.
Large afforestation programmes are being planned in both countries. However, the expected Australian deficiencies by 1975 of 220 million cubic feet may not be any less by the year 2000. New Zealand aims to export annually some 80 million cubic feet by 1975 and 150 million cubic feet by 2000 A.D.
The New Zealand-Australia Free Trade Agreement has the expansion of forest products trade as one of its main objectives. New Zealand expects to be able to increase exports in timber, pulp, and newsprint. The extent to which trade in other paper products will develop will depend to a large extent on the competitiveness of such industries in both countries.
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