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February 15, 2017

European softwood logs & timber exports to China perform well in 2016

European softwood logs & timber exports to China perform well in 2016

After a slowdown in growth in 2015, mainly due to an overall slower pace in the Chinese economy and construction sector, 2016 marks an excellent year for the European sawmills on the Chinese market. Though the exports' growth is more pronounced in the softwood logs shipments, softwood timber deliveries also increased considerably. 

Thus, from January to November 2016, European softwood timber (sawn and planed) exports to China grew in value by 39% (up to EUR 333 million) as compared to EUR 240 million in the corresponding period of 2015.

Europe's softwood logs exports grew at an even higher pace.: 75% more logs were delivered to China, at a total value of EUR 46,6 million (January-November 2015: EUR 26.7 million).

Among top European exporters of softwood timber to China, Finland leads with more than 50% share, and a value of EUR 165 million. Sweden is next with EUR 112 million, followed by Germany and Austria.

Regarding softwood logs deliveries: Lithuania is the main European exporter (Jan.-Nov. 2016: EUR 9.7 million and a 359% growth) followed by Estonia and Denmark.

Softwood logs (HS 440320) exported to China from... (in EUR ) I-XI 2015 I-XI 2016 Change in %
EU Total
26,737,485 46,687,510 75 %
Lithuania
2,136,119 9,795,570 359 %
Estonia
4,219,027 8,878,000 110 %
Denmark
3,147,609 7,632,920 142 %
France
6,873,331 7,593,960 10 %
Latvia
1,269,440 3,426,200 170 %
Others
26,737,485
46,687,510
75%

 

Softwood timber (HS 440710) exported to China from... (in EUR )  I-XI 2015 I-XI 2016 Change in %
EU Total
240,517,069 333,350,772 39 %
Finland
106,902,680 165,570,541 55 %
Sweden
90,879,693 112,163,461 23 %
Germany
23,704,364 26,725,410 13 %
Austria
3,907,717 9,237,790 136 %
Spain
3,589,375 4,462,100 24 %
Others
11,533,240 15,191,470 32 %
22,182 11,300 -49 %

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