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Japan imported 7% more plywood in fourth quarter

02.03.2018 − 

Japanese plywood imports were up 7.1% at 742,948 m³ in the fourth quarter of last year after growing in the first (+11.0%) and second (+2.2%) quarters and decreasing in the third quarter (-1.2%). According to import statistics from the Japan Lumber Journal, a particularly large upturn was recorded in deliveries from Malaysia, which climbed 19.5% to 300,676 m³ compared to the corresponding period in the preceding year.

Japan imported about 4.8% more plywood last year with about 2.904m m³; this figure is also 0.6% higher than 2015’s total (2.886m m³). In 2015, imports tumbled 17.3% compared to the year before. 2014 imports fell by 3.5 % compared with the previous year. In 2013, imports showed an increase of 3.4% year-on-year.

In 2017, Malaysia was still the main supplier, providing about 1.191m m³. This was 10.7% more than in 2016; the country’s share of Japan’s total plywood imports thus rose to 41.0 %.

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