Britain steps up softwood lumber imports

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British imports of sawn and planed lumber have increased in value by 33% or almost EUR 50 million in the first two months of 2014, according to the latest figures provided by Eurostat. Imports from the European Union countries, which represent more than 90% of all UK softwood lumber purchases, grew by 32% as compared to January-February 2013. Notably those from Sweden (+42%), Finland (+18%) and Latvia (+51), the first three main UK suppliers.

Though with lower values, imports from Russia almost doubled in the period mentioned, while those from Canada rose by 43%.

In terms of market shares, Sweden remains by far the largest softwood lumber supplier for the UK. In January-February 2014, Sweden delivered more than 50% of all British imports, followed by Finland (14%), Latvia (12%) and Ireland (5%).

UK imports of softwood lumber (in EUR); Top 10 Origins January-February 2013 January-February 2014 Change in %
Sweden 69,718,480 98,780,680 42%
Finland 23,491,880 27,646,290 18%
Latvia 16,429,661 24,835,630 51%
Ireland 11,117,720 10,545,490 -5%
Russia 5,058,890 9,000,590 78%
Germany 7,801,980 8,024,220 3%
Canada 3,449,360 4,939,500 43%
Czech Republic 1,949,480 2,559,250 31%
Estonia 2,252,780 2,449,240 9%
Norway 1,784,790 1,752,830 -2%
Total imports from EU countries 136,373,920 179,645,390 32%
Total imports Worldwide 147,808,520 196,460,540 33 %

The statistics are based on the numbers published by Eurostat. The product Softwood Timber consists of following HS Codes: 440710.

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