In the first four months of 2023, Japan imported 172,000 m³ of glulam and CLT, as Statistics of Japan reports. This is half the volume it imported in the same period of last year (339,000 m³).
Laminated timber imports from Finland fell by 42% to 78,000 m³, while those from Romania were down by 66%, totaling only 22,000 m³. 17,000 m³, i.e. 55% less than last year, were bought from Austria. Marked decreases were also recorded in shipments coming from Estonia (16,000 m³; -24%), Poland (12,000 m³; -7%), China (6,000 m³; -63%) and Sweden (4,000 m³; -22%). Germany (January to April 2022: 18,000 m³) and Belarus (January to April 2022: 47 m³) did not yet sell any laminated timber to Japan this year.
As always, you can find the detailed development of Japanese laminated timber imports in our Datacube in the section Foreign trade.