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Despite the coronavirus pandemic which first hit China and than spread all over the world, European softwood lumber exports to China managed to rise by almost 30% in volume in the first quarter of 2020. However, the first signs of the corona crisis impact on exports can be signaled in March, when exports to China were flat as compared to the same month of 2019. 

The European Union countries sent 1.05 million m3 of softwood lumber to China, during the first quarter, as compared to the 816 thousand m3 that they’ve sent in the first three months of 2019.

The biggest exporter was still Finland, although its shipments decreased by -16% as compared to January-March 2019.

Sweden and Germany topped the highest growths in exports to China. Swedish exports rose by 59%, up to only 259 thousand m3.The German softwood lumber exports to China had a great 2019 start, and increased by 29%, up to 185 thousand m3. Belgium’s deliveries, though at a lower volume, hiked by 311%, up to 69 thousand m3.

Softwood lumber exported to China from… (in m3 ) Q1/2019 Q1/2020 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union
816,225 1,055,096 29 %
Finland
330,762 278,439 -16 %
Sweden
163,374 259,840 59 %
Germany
143,502 185,180 29 %
Belgium
16,846 69,264 311 %
Austria
59,342 60,444 2 %
Others
102,399 201,929 97 %
OTHER European Countries
147 175 19 %
Croatia
147 175 19 %
TOTAL 816,372 1,055,271 29 %

 

Softwood lumber exported to China from… (in cbm ) 03/2019 03/2020 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union
284,787 283,738 0 %
Finland
118,198 83,652 -29 %
Sweden
46,492 58,809 26 %
Germany
49,212 57,127 16 %
Austria
19,933 20,882 5 %
Belgium
8,211 15,988 95 %
Others
42,741 47,280 11 %
OTHER European Countries
49 -100 %
TOTAL 284,836 283,738 0 %

 

 

Softwood lumber exported to China from… (in EUR ) Q1/2019 Q1/2020 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union
141,513,943 149,568,532 6 %
Finland
60,177,392 41,794,502 -31 %
Sweden
30,381,468 39,132,962 29 %
Germany
21,351,424 25,926,934 21 %
Austria
9,708,716 9,140,694 -6 %
Lithuania
4,013,977 6,465,437 61 %
Others
15,880,966 27,108,003 71 %
OTHER European Countries
37,954 61,194 61 %
Croatia
37,954 61,194 61 %
TOTAL 141,551,897 149,629,726 6 %

The statistics are based on the numbers published by Eurostat. The product Softwood lumber consists of following HS Codes: 440710,440711,440712,440719.

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