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Despite the ongoing pandemic and the lockdowns which have slowed trade in many European countries, EU softwood lumber exports to China managed to rise by almost 30% in volume in the January-April 2020. 

The European Union countries sent 1.45 million m3 of softwood lumber to China, during the first four months, as compared to the 1.13 million m3 m3 that they’ve sent in the same period of 2019.

The biggest exporter was still Finland, although its shipments decreased by -18% as compared to January-April 2019.

Sweden and Germany topped the highest growths in exports to China. Swedish exports rose by 48%, up to only 340 thousand m3.

The German softwood lumber exports to China had a great 2020 start, and increased by 44%, up to 272 thousand m3. Belgium’s deliveries, though at a lower volume, hiked by 264%, up to 90 thousand m3.

Table 1:

EU softwood lumber exported to China from… (in cubic meters)
Exporting Country Jan. Apr. 2019 Jan.-Apr. 2020 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union
1,131,256 1,453,897 29 %
Finland
458,289 377,542 -18 %
Sweden
229,173 340,172 48 %
Germany
189,221 272,711 44 %
Belgium
24,910 90,599 264 %
Austria
79,218 82,519 4 %
Others
150,445 290,354 93 %
OTHER European Countries
278 175 -37 %

 

Table 2: 

EU softwood lumber exported to China from… (in cubic meters)
Exporting Country April 2019 April 2020 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union Total
315,031 398,801 27 %
Finland
127,527 99,103 -22 %
Germany
45,719 87,531 91 %
Sweden
65,799 80,332 22 %
Austria
19,876 22,075 11 %
Lithuania
7,934 21,464 171 %
Others
48,176 88,296 83 %
OTHER European Countries
131 -100 %

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