Europe’s sawnwood exports to the US raised by 20%
Apart from the fact that US sawn-softwood imports in the 1st quarter decreased by 6% on the whole, those from Europe grew 20%.
The data published by the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) on 4 May demonstrate that the imports in the first three months reached the figure of 8.603 m³. Canada’s exports as the main supplier fell more heavily than average by 9% to 7.194m m³ whereas those from Europe (EU 28) increased by 20% to 1.051m m³. As such, the reduction of around 25% that had occurred in US sawn-softwood imports from Europe in the 4th quarter of 2021 didn’t take place in the early stages of 2022.
The FAS reported, that imports of Swedish sawn softwood in the 1 rose disproportionately by 58% to 235,941 m³. Imports from were 15% higher than a year earlier at 528,275 m³. As such, 72.6% of the total US sawn-softwood imports from Europe were accounted for by Germany and Sweden. A considerable growth was recorded for the imports from Latvia (+69% to 25,571 m³) and those from the Czech Republic (+115% to 31,376 m³). Imports from Romania (-8% to 85,248 m³), Finland (-34% to 20,121 m³) and Lithuania (-75% to 1,713 m³), on the other hand, turned out to be lower than in 2021. The USA also imported 23,105 m³ (21,423 m³) sawn softwood in the 1st quarter.
Information provided according to www.euwid-wood-products.com