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Japanese laminated timber imports increased

Article by Lorenz Pfungen, translated by Susanne Höfler | 13.06.2016 - 11:45
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Japan imported 243,000 m³ of laminated timber (glulam and CLT) between January and April. Compared to the same period in 2015, the volume grew 9%, as data from the Japanese statistics authorities indicate.

In the first four months, imports coming from Finland gained 14% to 85,600 m³. Romania was the second largest supplier with a delivered volume of 58,800 m³ (+23%). Further increases have been observed for Estonian (20,600 m³; +13%), Russian (18,700 m³; +15%) and Swedish (17,200 m³; +21%) deliveries.

Import volumes from Austria (-8%; 34,000 m³), China (-43%; 4940 m³) and Germany (-42%; 2870 m³), however, declined.

The average import price (CIF) for European deliveries reached ¥ 49,900/m³ (€ 418/m³; -5%) in April.
Japanese laminated timber imports April 2016
Country01-04 201501-04 2016Change in %
Finland 74,809 85,569 14
Romania 48,032 58,844 23
Austria 36,849 33,960 –8
Estonia 18,286 20,596 13
Russia 16,344 18,716 15
Sweden 14,137 17,159 21
China 8,683 4,938 –43
Germany 4,911 2,866 –42
Vietnam - 186
Brazil 365 46 –87
Other 559 14 –97
Total 222,975 242,894 9