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Increase in US imports from Europe tails off slightly

18.02.2021 − 

At a total of 1.075m m³, the volume of softwood lumber imported by the USA from the EU (including Great Britain) over the course of the fourth quarter of 2020 was 49% higher than in the comparative period of 2019. Following increase rates of 55% in the first, 48% in the second and 79% in the third quarters, imports slowed down again somewhat towards the end of the year, according to the figures provided by the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS).

The volume imported from Germany amounted to 527,207m³, corresponding to an increase of 27%. As a proportion of total US imports from Europe, the volume imported from Germany was thus still at 49.0% in the fourth quarter. A sharp increase of 81% to 210,681m³ was recorded in the FAS figures for imports from Sweden. Significantly above-average increases were also recorded in imports from Romania, which - at 149,177m³ - almost tripled vis à vis the comparative quarter of the preceding year. After a poor first half of the year and a 7% rise in the third quarter, imports from Canada increased at a more significant rate (+17% to 8.467m m³) towards the end of the year.

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