Percentage change of US softwood sawn timber imports from 2016 to 2018 © National Association of Home Builders


Europe seized market opportunities in the US

Article by Dinah Urban (adapted for holzkurier.com; translated by Eva Guzely) | 05.02.2019 - 15:36

In the last two years, much has changed in the softwood sawn timber imports of the United States. While Mexico saw a marked decrease of -32% and Chile’s exports to the north declined as well (-5%), Canada exported 8% more sawn timber to the US. Despite this positive development, Canada’s share of the US’s overall imports has fallen from 91% in 2016 to only 83% last year.
Among the winners is Brazil with an increase of 118% in two years.
Imports from the other side of the Atlantic rose significantly. Norway’s (+1344%) and Austria’s (+909%) exports to the United States have rocketed. Export figures of Sweden and the Czech Republic are no less impressive. Russia and China have seen an increase of 41% and 66%, respectively. With exports at +5%, New Zealand is Chile’s positive counterpart.