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During September 2020, Swedish exporters increased their supply of softwood lumber to European customers by 28%. The total volume of supplies amounted to 704.6 thousand m³. Nearly all of the country’s major markets have contributed to this unusually high growth.

According to data published by Eurostat, exports to the UK were 30% higher than a year earlier and amounted to 252 thousand m³. Similar growth rates were recorded in Denmark (+ 34% to 96 thousand m³) and ​​Germany (+ 23% to 92.1 thousand m³). Double-digit growth was also recorded in exports to Norway (+ 18% to 92.3 thousand m³) and Poland (+58% to 37.5 thousand m³).

Deliveries to other sales regions varied from one to the other. Exports to North Africa, for example, fell by 57% to 103 thousand m³, while exports to East Asian countries fell by 6% to 139 thousand m³. On the contrary, there was an increase in exports to the Middle East – plus 19% to 47.4 thousand m³. Exports of softwood lumber to the United States more than doubled to 108.7 thousand m³.

For nine months of 2020, Sweden’s exports amounted to 10.508 million m³, which is 10% more than last year.

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

Destination September/2019 September/2020 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union
552,647 704,645 28 %
United Kingdom
194,440 252,286 30 %
Denmark
72,129 96,762 34 %
Germany
74,766 92,194 23 %
Netherlands
85,551 92,092 8 %
Poland
23,715 37,550 58 %
Others
102,046 133,761 31 %
OTHER European Countries
81,536 97,730 20 %
Norway
78,143 92,392 18 %
Faroe Islands
892 1,917 115 %
Cyprus
543 1,520 180 %
Turkey
678 941 39 %
Iceland
232 459 98 %
Others
1,048 501 -52 %
NORTH Africa
239,447 103,520 -57 %
Egypt
152,178 46,220 -70 %
Morocco
43,682 23,481 -46 %
Algeria
37,237 22,476 -40 %
Tunisia
6,350 8,696 37 %
Libya
2,647 %
OTHER African Countries
4,338 2,664 -39 %
Sudan
3,743 2,485 -34 %
Cape Verde
414 179 -57 %
Seychelles
135 -100 %
Burundi
46 -100 %
NORTH America
51,370 108,735 112 %
USA
51,370 108,735 112 %
SOUTH America
85 163 92 %
Colombia
163 %
Uruguay
85 -100 %
NEAR and MIDDLE East
39,903 47,453 19 %
Saudi Arabia
24,817 31,722 28 %
Israel
4,052 5,465 35 %
Yemen
6,119 5,116 -16 %
Jordan
1,003 3,196 219 %
Iraq
918 %
Others
3,912 1,036 -74 %
East Asian countries
148,288 139,684 -6 %
Japan
60,318 58,411 -3 %
China
64,172 51,224 -20 %
South Korea
3,644 7,350 102 %
Vietnam
2,520 6,300 150 %
Philippines
3,935 4,620 17 %
Others
13,699 11,779 -14 %
OCEANIA and Polar region
1,357 4,816 255 %
Australia
1,357 4,578 237 %
Tokelau
238 %
TOTAL 1,118,971 1,209,410 8 %

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