Russia imposes export duties for green lumber

Created on 22 June 2021

Russia will introduce a duty rate of 10% of the export value - or at least €13/m³ - on exports of softwood lumber with a moisture content of more than 22% from the 1st of July. 

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Sales revenue from German sawmilling industry boosted by 27.1%

Created on 07 June 2021

Federal statistics office Destatis recorded growth of 27.1% in sales revenue in the first quarter of 2021 gained by sawmilling companies with more than 50 employees to €1.498bn.

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German pellet production grew by around 8%

Created on 20 May 2021

A volume of 802,000t of pellets was produced in Germany in the first quarter. It was also registered that production was 8.2% higher than in the previous year.

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Russia introduces export ban on roundwood

Created on 05 May 2021

Having adopted decree no. 396 on 18 March, Russia has confirmed an export ban on softwood logs and hardwood sawlogs to come into effect from 1 January, 2022.

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UK: Sawn timber sales are expected to increase by 4%

Created on 20 April 2021

Managing director of TimberTrends Nick Moore is considering the volume of softwood lumber sold in the UK in 2021 to be 4 % higher than in 2020. Moore delivered his forecast at the Softwood Conference, which took place online by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) on March, 31.

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China leaves ban on round logs’ import from Australia

Created on 01 April 2021

The import ban on roundwood logs from Australia introduced by Chinese phytosanitary bodies in autumn 2020 was prolonged. Australia’s claims that the prohibition be cancelled are still not being satisfied by China.

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US increased its sawmill industry’s share to 61% in North America

Created on 18 March 2021

The sawmilling industry of North America generally produced 35.967m m³ of sawn softwood in the fourth quarter of 2020, exceeding the figure of 2019 by 7 %. 

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Increase in US imports from Europe slows down

Created on 04 March 2021

Reached a total of 1.075m m³, the volume of softwood sawn timber shipped to the USA from the European Union (including Great Britain) during the fourth quarter of 2020 was 49% higher than in the same period of 2019.

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Wood felling in Finland in Q1-3 fell down by 15 %

Created on 15 February 2021

During the first nine months, the volume of roundwood cut in Finland for use as a material reached around 40.3m m³, which equals a reduction of 15.1 % against a year earlier.

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Germany continues lockdown until mid-February

Created on 28 January 2021

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.

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US lumber imports from Europe 60 % higher than in 2019

Created on 04 January 2021

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.

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Finnish lumber exports to Europe increased by 22 % in Q3

Created on 17 December 2020

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 %. 

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Finland: production volumes are still below level of preceding year

Created on 16 November 2020

After reaching -22.8% in the first and -8.0% in the second quarter, Finnish softwood lumber production also remained below the previous year’s figure in the third quarter. 

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Sawnwood prices in USA lower again for seasonal reasons

Created on 02 November 2020

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.

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Sawn softwood exports from Canada to USA is up by 17 % in Q3

Created on 15 October 2020

After an insignificant increase in the first quarter (+0.5%) and a major reduction in the second (-18.7 %), Canadian shipments of lumber to the USA in the third quarter were 17 % higher than in 2019.

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France: 35.8% furniture trade turnover rise in June

Created on 01 October 2020

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. 

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Latvian exports of softwood lumber fell down by 16%

Created on 15 September 2020

After a decline of 11 % in the first quarter of 2020, Latvian sawn softwood exports decreased even more sharply in the second quarter, falling by 16 % to 739,900 m³. 

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Latvian roundwood exports fell down by 26%

Created on 01 September 2020

During the first half of the year, Latvia exported generally 1.449 million m³ of roundwood, which shows a decline of almost 26% comparing with the previous year.

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Growth of 42 % in planed-product exports overseas

Created on 11 August 2020

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 %.

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Sawmilling industry of the USA was harmed by Canadian exports

Created on 15 July 2020

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.

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