Dutch furniture imports slightly increases

After growth of 25% in the 1st quarter, Dutch furniture imports grew again by almost one-fifth to €2.036bn in the 2nd quarter. Eurostat’s data inform that imports from the German market – which occupies the second place in the statistics – grew by 10% compared to the same period last year to €363.2m.

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Spanish imports rose again

Spanish softwood lumber imports (approx. 295,374 m³) exceeded the preceding year’s figure by 19% in the 1st quarter of 2022. Import statistics revealed by the association of Spanish timber importers and the timber industry (AEIM), Madrid, says that registered at 264,420 m³, imports from other EU states also grew by 19%.

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Record forest fires in Europe

There is an unprecedented heatwave in Europe now and wildfire conditions in Europe are getting worse. Fires in France, Spain, and Portugal have already destroyed more territory in 2022 than in all of 2021.

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EOS: no further upward trend in sawn-softwood production

At a predicted 89.925m m³, there is unlikely to be any great change against previous year in the produced sawn-softwood volume in the countries represented in the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) in the current year. According to the data released by 13 member and associated countries in the 2021/2022 EOS year report, the increase achieved in the previous years looks set to come to halt in 2022.

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Lack of timber in the European market

After introducing a prohibition on imports of wood products from Russia and Belarus in April, Estonia after all resisted the influence of the wood shortage, and informed in early June that it would ease logging restrictions on state-owned forests. This has enlarged Estonia’s harvestable territories by nearly 25%.

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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 up  by 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. 

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