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October 19, 2016

US imports of temperate and tropical sawnwood up by 10%

US imports of temperate and tropical sawn hardwood grew 10% in August to 95,532 m2.

Tropical sawnwood imports accounted for 21,143 m2. or 22% of total hardwood imports in August. Tropical imports declined 5% from July, but the value of tropical sawnwood imported grew 3% in August to US$24.9 million.

Year-to-date tropical imports were down 15% compared to August 2015. The month on month decline was mainly in imports of balsa and acajou d’Afrique. Balsa imports fell 24% to 3,897 m2 in August, while acajou d’Afrique decreased by one third from July to 1,204 m2.

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