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British imports down 23.8 % in first quarter

15.07.2020 − 

British imports of sawn softwood in the first quarter were 23.8 % lower than a year earlier at 1.346m m³. The imports had risen by 21.9 % in the first quarter of 2019, and in the first three months of 2018 a reduction of 15.0 % was registered against the year before. According to the foreign trade statistics compiled by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), imports from Sweden fell by 16.5 % in the first three months of 2020 whereas their share of the total imports rose by four percentage points to 45 %. Imports from Germany were 15.9 % down but their share of the total increased by one percentage point to 8 %. Deliveries from Russia remained practically unchanged (-0.8 %). An above-average reduction was registered in imports from Finland (-43.4 %), Ireland (-29.6 %), and Latvia (-22.5 %).

As regards the different assortments, imports of rough-sawn softwood were 30 % lower in the first three months of this year. The TTF established a reduction of 15 % for planed products. The imports of planed pine sawnwood decreased as did those of spruce. Higher deliveries of planed pine products from Finland and Germany along with growth in imports of Latvian planed spruce products were only partly able to compensate for the lower imports from the other export countries.

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