The aggregate trade value of export and import of wood forest products in 2003 was USD 19.997 billion, including export of USD 8.097 billion and import of USD 11.9 billion. The trade deficit of wood forest products was USD 3.803 billion. The exported wood forest products were mainly furniture and wooden products, while imports were mainly paper and pulp related products, logs and swan timbers (including special shaped boards).  

In 2003, the export of non-wood forest products had a value of USD 4.139 billion while the import was valued at USD 3.603 billion, and the main parts of the import growth were the chemical forest products and fruits. The trade surplus of non-wood forest products was USD 536 million. The exports of non-wood forest products were mainly fruits, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and wild herbaceous vegetables, while the imports were predominantly chemical forest products.  

Since the reform and open-up, the bamboo production in China has developed rapidly, a new industry from resource development to processing and utilization of bamboo was emerged in many counties and municipalities, and remarkable ecological, economic and social benefits have been achieved. To further mobilize enthusiasm of the masses in developing bamboo industry, to enhance the social impact of bamboo development and accelerate the exploitation and construction of bamboo resources in China, the Ministry of Forestry made a decision on 27 Feb 1996 to name the ten counties (municipalities) as “the Home of bamboo in China”, and they were Jianou municipality and Shunchang county of Fujian province, Anji and Linan counties of Zhejiang province, Yifeng and Chongyi counties of Jiangxi province, Guangning county of Guangdong province, Tiaojiang county of Hunan province, Guangde county of Anhui province, Chishui city of Guizhou province.

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Forestry industry is a traditional and emerging industry which covers primary, secondary and tertiary industries. In recent years, China is committed to nurturing the first industry which is focused on timber production forest, economic forest and firewood forest, the second industry which is focused on timber & forest product processing and the tertiary industry which is focused on tourism. A complete forestry industry system has taken initial shape.

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Flower industry in China took its first step early in the 1980s, and witnessed over 20 years of sustained and rapid development. According to statistics by 2003, the total area of flower production in China had reached 430,000 ha, 96,000 ha larger than that in 2002, indicating a growth rate of 28.7%. The area of flower production in China ranks the first in the world, accounting for 1/3 of the world’s total. At the same time, the economic benefits increased simultaneously. The domestic flower sale in 2003 was RMB 35.31 billion, rising by RMB 5.91 billion over 2002, and the growth rate was 20.1%. The export value of flowers in 2003 was USD 97.568 million, increased by USD 14.736 million over 2002, and the growth rate was 17.8%. The investment and management entities are diverse. The number of enterprises engaged in flower business in 2003 reached over 60,000, an increase of 15.8% over 2002. There were 5,073 large and medium-sized enterprises, accounting for 8.4% of the total. Last year the number of new added practitioners in flower industry was 460,000, and the total reached 2.934 million. The total number of flower growers reached 955,000 households, increased by 90,000 over 2002. With continual improvement of product circulation system, the number of flower markets was reduced by 212 as compared with 2002, indicating that flower circulation system entered a phase of market adjustment.  

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