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October 6, 2016

Swedish softwood timber exports fall sharply, but shipments to China rise steady

In the first seven months of 2016, Sweden has exported 7,2 million m3 of softwood timber. This represents a -6% decrease over the same period of 2015 (7,7 million m3). Most of the exports to the world decreased as compared to last year.

The main export markets for Swedish softwood timber were the United Kingdom (1,4 million m3), Egypt (711 379 m3), Norway (534 630 m3) and Germany (523 150 m3).

In particular, exports to China and Japan, increased by 43% and 16% respectively. Softwood timber exports to China reached to a volume of 460,860 m3, while the exports volume to Japan amounted to 433,193 m3.

Swedish timber shipments to the European Union countries decreased by -8%, to 3,6 million m3, from the 4 million m3 reached during January-July 2015. Also, the exports to North Africa decreased by -15%, to 1,3 million m3. Swedish timber exports to North America and Near and Middle East dropped by -15% and -18% respectively.

Yet, Sweden's exports of timber to Asia grew by 28% in volume, as compared to the same period last year, amounting to 1 million m3.

TOP 10 Destinations

Softwood Timber exported from Sweden to... (in cbm )

Destination I-VII 2015 I-VII 2016 Change in %
EUROPEAN Union
4,004,253 3,692,583 -8 %
United Kingdom
1,614,890 1,401,502 -13 %
Germany
597,113 523,150 -12 %
Denmark
489,838 489,696 0 %
Netherlands
511,300 476,042 -7 %
France
190,460 198,562 4 %
Others
600,652 603,631 0 %
OTHER European Countries
580,971 571,816 -2 %
Norway
547,970 534,630 -2 %
Turkey
10,147 13,255 31 %
Albania
5,124 6,506 27 %
Iceland
4,813 5,667 18 %
Switzerland
4,921 5,259 7 %
Others
7,996 6,499 -19 %
NORTH Africa
1,596,718 1,362,199 -15 %
Egypt
834,919 711,379 -15 %
Algeria
366,536 331,075 -10 %
Morocco
281,326 224,579 -20 %
Tunisia
75,432 77,079 2 %
Libya
38,505 18,087 -53 %
OTHER African Countries
44,119 35,969 -18 %
Sudan
41,535 33,356 -20 %
Cape Verde
1,543 1,159 -25 %
Seychelles
594 904 52 %
Kenya
93 228 145 %
Ghana
91 106 16 %
Others
263 216 -18 %
NORTH America
182,164 155,431 -15 %
USA
181,429 155,134 -14 %
Canada
735 297 -60 %
CENTRAL America
13,703 2,807 -80 %
Virgin Islands
1,311 2,807 114 %
Panama
1,826 - -100 %
British Virgin Islands
360 - -100 %
Antigua Barbuda
10,206 - -100 %
SOUTH America
- 171 %
Colombia
- 171 %
NEAR and MIDDLE East
398,041 325,478 -18 %
Saudi Arabia
277,230 194,470 -30 %
Israel
56,661 59,347 5 %
Yemen
25,911 35,573 37 %
Jordan
32,474 31,162 -4 %
Qatar
1,666 1,790 7 %
Others
4,099 3,136 -23 %
OTHER Asian countries
835,583 1,058,676 27 %
China
323,367 460,860 43 %
Japan
372,022 433,193 16 %
South Korea
40,020 42,906 7 %
Hong Kong
15,521 31,874 105 %
Vietnam
13,523 29,514 118 %
Others
71,130 60,329 -15 %
OCEANIA and Polar region
43,913 29,702 -32 %
Australia
43,666 29,461 -33 %
French Southern Territories
247 241 -2 %
TOTAL 7,699,465 7,234,832 -6 %

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