American Softwoods Consultant, Charles Trevor, was interviewed by AEIM (Spanish Association of Wood Trade and Industry) and the article appeared in two publications, Interempresas and Madera-Sostenible. Europe is a mature market which continues to offer niche opportunities for U.S. softwood companies. Spain is now the third largest market for U.S. softwood exports, behind Italy and the United Kingdom. In the interview, Charles discussed sales of American Softwoods to the European Union of $26.8 million in 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 has seen $5.8 million (2018 = $5.9 million).
He also reported “Europe has the potential to grow in importance for us, particularly for sales of pressure treated wood for use in outdoor/garden applications. No other softwood takes treatment as well as Southern Yellow Pine or looks as good.”