Due to continuing high numbers of corona virus cases and mutated virus cases, members of the federal-state conference made the decision on 19 January again to prolong the hard lockdown that has been in effect in Germany since mid-December. Businesses that do not cover daily necessities - including the brick-and-mortar furniture retail trade - must therefore remain closed until 14 February.
The USA purchased definitely more softwood lumber from Europe again in October than it had in the same month of 2019. At 333,513 m³, the imported volume of lumber was 60 % higher than a year earlier. The growth rate had still been 54 % in the first nine months.
Exports of rough-sawn and planed lumber from Finland to European countries in the third quarter were 22 % higher than in the same period of 2019 at 889,717 m³ with a rise of eight percent in their share of the whole exports at 45 %.
After the sidelong movement that happened in prices for spruce-fir-pine (SPF) assortments at the end of September, a considerable downward adjustment took place in prices on the US sawn-softwood market until the end of October.
Turnover in the French furniture trade increased by 35.8% in June, 2020. French market research institute Ipea says, that growth was spread across all product groups, with the highest points being achieved in garden furniture.
Exports of German planed products to non-European countries in the first quarter of 2020 were 42 % higher than in the same quarter of preceding year at 557,244 m³, which increased their share of the total exports by eleven per cents to 76 %.
According to a decision made on 22 May, the NAFTA arbitration panel now shares the view of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) that Canadian exports of lumber to the USA harm the sawmilling industry there and that the related grounds and evidence presented by the USITC are conclusive.