Consultants with TDA’s Business Development and Forestry Divisions traveled to Vietnam to promote exports of Tennessee hardwoods

Nashville – Relationships within Tennessee’s wood products industry and international partners got a boost during a recent outbound trade mission to Vietnam.

Consultants with TDA’s Business Development and Forestry Divisions traveled to Vietnam to promote exports of Tennessee hardwoods, establish connections with Vietnamese trade associations and manufacturers, and broaden the awareness of our state’s forest products available for international export. They were joined by agricultural trade expert Dr. Andrew Muhammad from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and Workforce Development Coordinator Larry Pitts of the Tennessee Forestry Association.

“This outbound trade mission is a key step toward strengthening our relationships internationally,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “TDA is moving ahead with our strategic focus on trade markets and with gaining insight on growing Vietnamese markets. By all measures, the visit to Vietnam was a success for Tennessee forestry producers and for the state’s economic outlook.”

During the four-day mission, the group met with representatives from with the Ho Chi Minh City and the Binh Duong Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City, the Binh Duong Furniture Association, and several Vietnamese forest products importers.

They also toured wood products manufacturers and lumber businesses with log import yards, sawmills, dry kiln facilities and indoor and outdoor showrooms.

“Trade missions give us a firsthand look at international operations, markets and consumers,” Assistant Commissioner for Business Development Andy Holt said. “Our visit gave us a clearer understanding of what the Vietnamese wood products industry is looking for. Similarly, we had a chance to convey the quality and various uses of Tennessee hardwoods.”

Lumber is a huge export for Tennessee.

“Hardwood lumber is one of the largest export commodities in Tennessee,” State Forester David Arnold said.  “The state ranks third in the nation for hardwood lumber production. Diverse, competitive and sustainable forest markets are vital to encouraging landowners to actively manage their woods. Tennessee has plenty of wood to supply export markets, and there is ample opportunity for mills to get involved.”

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