Germany drives growth in European softwood logs and lumber exports to China

September 09, 2019
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Due to a massive boost of exports from Germany, total European softwood logs and softwood lumber deliveries to China expanded by 256% and 33% respectively in the first half of 2019.

According to the latest Eurostat figures, in January-June 2019, EU's softwood logs exports to China increased more than 3 times over the same period of 2018.

Belgium has exported most of the total European volume, with a share of 54% of all European exports, followed by Czechia and Germany (+8,025% yoy).

Softwood lumber exports also increased sharply in the first half of 2019, following a relatively modest 2018. Finland, Sweden and Germany accounted for more than 80% of the overall EU exports. Year-on-year, Finnish exports increased slightly by 3%, while Swedish softwood lumber shipments to China dropped by -15%. Meanwhile, those from Germany sustained the overall growth in European exports, and increased dropped by +388%.

Softwood lumber exported to China from... (in cbm )

Exporting Country H1/2018 H1/2019 Change in %
  EUROPEAN Union
1,103,354 1,463,000 33 %
  Finland
553,896 572,443 3 %
  Sweden
364,636 311,656 -15 %
  Germany
50,354 245,933 388 %
  Austria
28,713 100,227 249 %
  Latvia
20,580 51,623 151 %
    Others
85,175 181,118 113 %
  OTHER European Countries
287 278 -3 %
  Croatia
287 278 -3 %
TOTAL 1,103,641 1,463,278 33 %

Softwood logs exported to China from... (in cbm )

Exporting Country H1/2018 H1/2019 Change in %
  EUROPEAN Union
1,368,393 4,876,234 256 %
  Belgium
2,676 2,655,938 99,150 %
  Czechia
34,002 742,493 2,084 %
  Germany
8,983 729,882 8,025 %
  Poland
68,698 223,872 226 %
  Slovakia
5,286 200,281 3,689 %
    Others
1,248,748 323,768 -74 %
  OTHER European Countries
- 1,228 %
  Croatia
- 1,228 %
TOTAL 1,368,393 4,877,462 256 %