In the first quarter, Spanish softwood lumber imports - at a volume of 295,374 m³ - exceeded the previous year’s figure by 19%. According to import statistics published by the association of Spanish timber importers and the timber industry (AEIM), Madrid, at 264,420 m³, imports from other European countries also increased by 19%. As a proportion of total exports, this corresponds to 90%. Above-average increases were recorded concerning deliveries from countries such as Germany (+84% to 55,339 m³); this increase meant Germany moved to second place in the statistics ahead of Portugal (+5% to 42,939 m³) and Sweden (-21% to 32,398 m³). France remains the most important supplier country despite a 6% decline to 66,017 m³.
Imports from non-European countries increased by 24% to 30,954 m³; as a proportion of total exports, this corresponds to an unchanged 10%. Imports from Russia (4,345 m³) and Belarus (3,198 m³) each increased several times over. Apparently, Spanish importers purchased significantly higher volumes of softwood lumber than last year from both countries before the end of the transitional periods, which expired on 10 July and 4 June respectively. Consequently, imports from these two countries may also exceed the prior-year figures in the second quarter.