Germany: Beech lumber exports in December 2008 and full year 2008

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USA, Netherlands and Spain recorded the biggest declines in German beech lumber imports in 2008. The 5.3% export deficit remains within reasonable limits for all countries. By export value, the deficit is only 1%. Average prices for the whole year for exported beech lumber have decreased only for a few destinations: in United Arab Emirates to 409.7 €/m3 (2007: 417 €/m3), in India to 283.7 €/m3 (294 €/m3) and in Portugal to 574.6 €/m3 (596.6 €/m3). In December 2008, monthly average prices were below the annual average in the following countries: USA - 383 €/m3 (2008: 384.9 €/m3), China - 238.2 €/m3 (270.9 €/m3), Poland - 280.7 €/m3 (292.7 €/m3), the Netherlands - 207.7 €/m3 (255 €/m3), Great Britain - 441.6 €/m3 (517.3 €/m3) and Portugal with 383 €/m3 (574.6 €/m3).
However, statistics of average prices insufficiently reflect last year’s market trend. According to estimates of market participants the higher export values result from the shift in quality as well as from the substitution of unplaned goods with planed ones. The trend on almost all export markets changed its direction from goods class B / C to high-value beech lumber. Even the price drops for planed beech lumber have led to higher purchases.

Beech (Fagus spp.) lengthwise sawn Import
Volume (m3) Value (Mil. €)
Dec.
2007
Dec.
2008
Jan-Dec
2007
Jan-Dec
2008
Dec.
2007
Dec.
2008
Jan-Dec
2007
Jan-Dec
2008
USA
4,926
4,715
59,916
40,229
1.88
1.81
22.93
15.48
China 5,049
4,097
60,377
64,701
1.41
0.98
16.35
17.53
Poland
3,195
2,198
37,531
48,437
0.67
0.62
10.45
14.18
United Arab Emirates 566
1,263
6,038
12,693
0.26
0.55
2.52
5.20
India 1,558
1,093
17,130
14,751
0.46
0.31
5.04
4.19
Israel
562
823
6,164
8,527
0.28
0.38
2.95
4.13
Italy 1,044
804
24,099
21,212
0.22
0.28
6.25
6.39
Netherlands 1,439
775
33,520
20,688
0.31
0.16
7.23
5.28
Belgium 633
761
11,931
17,238
0.13
0.20
3.08
4.68
Spanien 2,349
737
34,739
19,963
0.69
0.33
13.56
8.60
Mexico
474
670
3,668
3,545
0.20
0.29
1.52
1.48
Great Britain 845
668
23,468
21,602
0.27
0.30
11.79
11.18
Portugal 125
530
12,872
13,689
0.06
0.27
7.68
7.87
TOTAL
27,303
23,560
414,789
392,593
8.55
8.30
145.66
144.21
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