UK imports of softwood lumber on the rise

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British imports of sawn and planed lumber have increased in value by 35% or almost EUR 145 million in the first five months of 2015, 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, also grew by 35% (up to EUR 509,1 million) as compared to the first five months of 2014. Notably those from Sweden (+29%), Latvia (+47%) and Finland (+43%), the first three main UK suppliers.

Also imports from North America grew by 18%, although at insignificant levels compared to those from the European countries.

In terms of market shares, Sweden remains by far the largest softwood lumber supplier for the UK. In January-May 2015, Sweden delivered 46% of all British imports, followed by Finland (15%), Latvia (14%) and Ireland (5%).

 

Softwood Lumber imported by United Kingdom from... (in EUR ) 2014 2015 Change in %
  EUROPEAN Union
378,446,910 509,165,825 35 %
  Sweden
199,277,500 257,905,416 29 %
  Finland
58,980,570 84,471,170 43 %
  Latvia
55,083,701 80,878,080 47 %
  Ireland
24,909,750 29,422,560 18 %
  Germany
18,610,980 24,510,600 32 %
    Others
21,584,410 31,978,000 48 %
  OTHER European Countries
23,922,590 35,388,900 48 %
  Russia
20,634,990 31,009,761 50 %
  Norway
3,235,970 4,323,330 34 %
  Belarus
36,370 32,380 -11 %
  Ukraine
15,260 21,880 43 %
  Switzerland
- 1,550 %
  NORTH America
11,851,290 13,959,090 18 %
  Canada
10,110,190 12,085,640 20 %
  USA
1,741,100 1,873,450 8 %
  SOUTH America
312,110 520,160 67 %
  Chile
241,890 520,160 115 %
  Uruguay
30,520 - -100 %
  Colombia
20,070 - -100 %
  Peru
19,630 - -100 %
Total  415,156,300 559,741,416 35%
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