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Despite the coronavirus pandemic which first hit China and then spread all over the world, European softwood lumber exports to China managed to rise in volume by 12% in 2020. However, the growth is still considerably lower as in 2019, when exports increased by 37% as compared to 2018. 

The European Union countries sent 3.93 million m3 of softwood lumber to China, during 2020, as compared to the 3.4 million m3 that they’ve sent in 2019. In value, European exports went up by 8% in 2020 and reached EUR 576 million (2019: EUR 532 million).

The biggest exporter was still Finland, although its shipments decreased by -20% as compared to January-December 2020.

Sweden, Germany and Belgium topped the highest growths in exports to China. Swedish exports rose by 16%, up to 825 thousand m3. The German softwood lumber exports to China had a great 2020, and increased by 29%, up to 767 thousand m3. Belgium’s deliveries, though at a lower volume, hiked by 137%, up to 381 thousand m3.

TOP 10 Exporting Countries

Softwood lumber exported to China from… (in cubic meters )

Exporting Country January-December 2019 January-December 2020 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union
3,498,627 3,932,882 12 %
Finland
1,129,376 902,842 -20 %
Sweden
709,892 825,330 16 %
Germany
594,176 767,873 29 %
Belgium
160,887 381,227 137 %
Austria
194,198 239,471 23 %
Lithuania
102,505 154,888 51 %
Latvia
131,869 150,462 14 %
Romania
84,817 143,712 69 %
Estonia
66,849 107,090 60 %
Poland
210,131 97,389 -54 %
Slovenia
43,073 73,422 70 %
Czech Republic
17,510 44,919 157 %
Netherlands
33,930 14,777 -56 %
Spain
9,887 11,596 17 %
Slovakia
2,698 9,104 237 %
France
1,025 4,934 381 %
Italy
5,804 3,196 -45 %
Denmark
650 %
Croatia
897 502 -44 %
TOTAL 3,499,524 3,933,384 12 %

 

TOP 10 Exporting Countries

Softwood lumber exported to China from… (in EUR )

Exporting Country January-December 2019 January-December 2020 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union
532,905,639 576,297,198 8 %
Finland
198,197,306 144,699,316 -27 %
Sweden
124,074,369 136,734,044 10 %
Germany
85,158,535 110,166,595 29 %
Austria
30,903,901 36,420,287 18 %
Belgium
13,503,726 28,821,542 113 %
Latvia
22,462,753 23,608,795 5 %
Lithuania
16,207,364 23,554,609 45 %
Romania
12,185,797 21,106,809 73 %
Estonia
11,941,635 17,803,143 49 %
Slovenia
6,998,366 10,690,539 53 %
Poland
4,241,710 10,347,484 144 %
Czech Republic
2,897,063 6,614,548 128 %
Spain
1,983,563 1,990,022 0 %
Slovakia
408,040 1,404,522 244 %
France
117,066 974,340 732 %
Italy
1,255,518 633,740 -50 %
Netherlands
368,927 554,427 50 %
Denmark
172,437 %
Croatia
310,129 155,918 -50 %
TOTAL 533,215,768 576,453,116 8 %

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