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In the first three quarters of 2020, the largest softwood lumber flows in the world declined.

The most important trade flow in the world is traditionally that from Canada to the USA. By the end of September 2020, this totaled 22.4 million m 3 . That was 5% less than the year before.

The two next smaller bilateral deals have China as the recipient country. Russia’s deliveries fell by 7% to 13.7 million m 3 . Deliveries to Canada fell by as much as 36% (2.3 million m 3 ).

With another 12% less, the flow of exports from Austria to Italy again loses a few places in this list. The third largest flow of goods in the world six years ago has now fallen to sixth place with 1.7 million m 3 .

The largest percentage change compared to the same period last year was between Russia and Kazakhstan. An increase of 126% to over 1 million m 3 means 9th place in the list.

From January to the end of September 2020, the 20 largest trade flows totaled 56.4 million m 3 , i.e. 5% less than in the same period of 2019.

The 20 largest softwood lumber flows in the world in the 1st – 3rd quarter of 2020
Trade flows including planed goods in 1,000 m³
No. exporter Destination Country Jan.-Sep. 2019 Jan.-Sep. 2020 Change in. %
1. Canada United States 23,500 22,410 -5
2. Russia China 14,645 13,686 –7
3. Canada China 3,746 2,394 -36
4th Russia Uzbekistan 1,810 2,097 16
5. Sweden Great Britain 1.932 1,801 –7
6th Austria Italy 1,990 1,752 -12
7th Germany United States 798 1,251 57
8th. Sweden Egypt 1,059 1,091 3
9. Russia Kazakhstan 468 1,057 126
10. Canada Japan 1,371 1,013 -26
11. Austria Germany 821 871 6th
12. Finland Egypt 1,156 819 -29
13th Latvia Great Britain 888 790 –11
14th Sweden Norway 739 789 7th
15th Russia Azerbaijan 683 785 15th
16. Finland China 978 774 -21
17th Sweden Netherlands 665 773 16
18th Germany China 583 761 30th
19th Belarus Lithuania 643 751 17th
20th Sweden Denmark 613 735 20th

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