With a total of 44.2 million m³, China saw its softwood log imports grow by 7% last year. This is according to China Customs Statistics. The country received 17.3 million m³ from its main supplying country, i.e. New Zealand, which corresponds to an increase of 2%. Imports from Russia, on the other hand, plummeted by 27% to 5.8 million m³. Nearly 4.3 million m³ of softwood logs, and thus 4% more than in 2018, were bought from Australia.
The growth rates of two European supplying countries are particularly remarkable. Last year, China imported 3.8 million m³ from Germany, i.e. over 1800% more than in 2018. Softwood log imports from the Czech Republic saw a similar development with 2.3 million m³ and thus an increase of 1255%.
Imports from the US fell by 2 million m³ (-40%), though.
China Softwood log imports (1,000 m³) January – December 2019
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