Canada is world’s largest timber exporter and their high grade quality of Douglas Fir, Hemlock , Cedar and Maple is exported to Middle East, Japan and Britain. Although utility grades are cheaper than already wood starving Indian market- Chandigarh was a good attempt to explore world class wood.
Seems- personal interest of Manpreet Badal- an educated and modern mind politician could not help state of Punjab for having any fruitful outcome and it looks major issues are assurance of supply. Largest portion of timber is being taken away by China and it is easy for them to beat the rate as compare of chances of India which will suffer due to red tape, taxes and shipment rates.
Another factor which is effecting India is how to handle PHYTO issues. Canadians do not mind sending their produce in open ships- but how India kills those bacteria before shipment reaches Indian coasts is something which will create havoc in Delhi. China had created an island for this issue and it handles it out of Chinese territory.
Gill Timbers [ http://www.gilltimbers.com ] is largest importer of Douglas Fir and Hemlock from Canada and North America and according to Ivon Gill- India do have a huge market but there is no support from state of center govt.
According to Gill Timbers- they manage to sustain timber quality so far as they import only 3 grades out of nine available in Canadian timber world. Utility Grade is good for manufacturers which comes close to 700-750 INR / CFT but higher grades are expensive and only affordable by farmhouses, villas and five star construction.
According to Ivon Gill- Gill Timbers is having it’s website, hosting images for architects and educated class of end users to see magnificent use of Canadian timber. Doors, windows, frames, light furniture applications, flooring, panels, kitchen cabinets.