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US imports from Europe 60 % higher than last year

04.01.2021 − 

The USA imported considerably more sawn softwood from Europe again in October than it had in the same month of last year. At 333,513 m³, the imported volume of sawnwood was 60 % higher than a year earlier. The growth rate had still been 54 % in the first nine months. At 146,097 m³, the imports from Germany were only up by 27 %. The figures from the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), show that imports from Sweden, on the other hand, were doubled to 83,060 m³ and those from Romania were more than trebled to 44,053 m³. Owing to the higher prices, the import value increased 130 % to US$117.5m, which equates to an increase of almost 44 %in the arithmetical import value to €352.5m³.

In contrast to the previous months, the imports from Canada also increased more significantly again. At 2.944m m³, the figure was 14 % higher than last year. The USA imported a total of 3.421m m³ in October, an increase of 19 % against October 2019.

The US imports thus amount to 29.056m m³ for the first ten months of this year, almost 1 % more than in the reference period of 2019. Imports from Europe rose at an above-average rate of 55 % to 2.511m m³. Those from Canada were 3 % down, however, at 25.358m m³. Europe’s share of the total imports thus increased by three percentage points to 8.6 %.

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