Idaho China Trade Office Director Xu Fang was in Idaho and Montana this week leading a delegation of Chinese and Korean companies interested in buying more timber in the two states.
Fang, who lives in Shanghai, took the group to Coeur d’Alene last week for a Small Log Conference, put on by the Forest Business Network. At the conference, they met with companies interested in exporting, including Boise Cascade and Idaho Forest Group, Fang said in an e-mail.
Before he took the Idaho job, Fang worked as a trade representative for the timber industry. And because of his expertise he still works with timber groups like the Softwood Export Council, which helped pay for the trip along with the state of Montana and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Following in the conference, the group traveled to Missoula where they visited several sawmills.
“China has been using Idaho wood products for a long time,” Fang said. “Products available in China market, from companies such as Boise Cascade and IFG, include dimension lumber, engineered wood products and treated lumber.”