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A booming demand in the US doubled by insufficient wood availability on the North American continent to satisfy the high lumber needs has created opportunities for the European sawmills expand exports overseas.

Accordingly, in January-February 2021, European shipments to the US increased by 30 % (up to 1.1 million cubic meters) as compared to the first two months of 2020.

In Jan.-Feb. 2021, US’ main source for European softwood lumber was the Netherlands with 391 thousand m3 and a market share of 35 percent of the overall American imports from Europe. Germany came second with 325 thousand m3 and a 28% increase yoy. Significant growth rates were registered in U.S. imports from Finland (+176%) and Romania.

Judging by the statements of European suppliers, exports to the United States will remain at a high level for now.

European softwood lumber exported to USA from… (in cbm )
Exporting Country Jan.-Feb. 2020 Jan.-Feb. 2021 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union
856,930 1,116,839 30 %
Netherlands
329,608 391,310 19 %
Germany
254,687 325,897 28 %
Poland
132,976 %
Sweden
151,293 119,193 -21 %
Austria
55,410 57,319 3 %
Romania
27,776 36,257 31 %
Finland
8,782 24,227 176 %
Czech Republic
14,506 11,178 -23 %
Latvia
7,472 7,945 6 %
Lithuania
4,336 7,656 77 %
Estonia
1,581 1,654 5 %
TOTAL 856,930 1,116,839 30 %

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