Planed products driving export figures up in Sweden
After regressive export figures in October, the Swedish softwood lumber and planed product exports published by the Swedish Forest Industries Federation for November are 2.5% higher than the previous year’s level at a total of 1.066m m³. The decisive factor for this growth was an increase in planed products alone, rising more than 18% above the same month of the year before to 416,700 m³. In contrast to this, exports of rough-sawn pine and spruce lumber turned out to be lower than a year earlier at -3.6% and -8.8% respectively to 376,000 m³ and 271,500 m³.
Across the whole range of assortments, Swedish exporters managed to sell 10% more products at approximately 663,900 m³. Here, too, planed product sales rose at an above-average rate to 347,400 m³. The proportion of the total inner-European deliveries accounted for by planed products thus amounted to 52.3%. Roughly 185,600 m³ went to buyers in Africa, equating to a reduction of a little over 18%. In Asia, too, the delivery volumes remained a good 6% below the figure of the same month of the year before at 176,100 m³. In doing so, lower exports to China (-4%) coincided with considerably higher shipments to Japan (+26%). North America was the only region for which Skogsindustrierna recorded an increase of almost 80%, albeit from a low level, to 35,900 m³.