Although US sawn-softwood imports in the first quarter were 6% down overall, those from Europe were raised by 20%. According to the figures published by the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) on 4 May, the imports in the first three months amounted to 8.603 m³. Here, the imports from Canada as the main supplier fell more heavily than average by 9% to 7.194m m³ whereas those from Europe (EU 28) were boosted 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 fourth quarter of 2021 was not perpetuated into the early stages of this year.
According to the FAS, imports of Swedish sawn softwood in the first quarter rose disproportionately by 58% to 235,941 m³ 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. Far above-average 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 a year earlier. The USA also imported 23,105 m³ (21,423 m³) of sawn softwood from Russia in the first quarter.