In 1999 the Federal Government published a report on tropical forests that listed the following ways of utilisation:
82% of the total timber use in the tropical countries is for firewood.
18% only is usefully applied.
75% (!!) of the 18% serve local consumption.
The remainder – 25% only of the total usefully applied timber - is exported from the various countries.
Relative to the total timber output from tropical forests a very small percentage – 4.4% reaches the international market.