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 %|
|Total imports from EU countries||136,373,920||179,645,390||32%|
|Total imports Worldwide||147,808,520||196,460,540||33 %|