The UK imported tropical wood and wood furniture products with a total value of USD760 million in the first seven months of 2021, a 36% increase compared to the same period in 2020. Following the sharp increase in April, when import value was at the highest monthly level since before the financial crises of 2008-2009, imports declined only slightly from this peak between May and July (Chart 1).
It’s been six months plus of extremes and superlatives in the European sawn hardwood sector.
Importers, distributors and merchants say the trading environment has been like nothing they’ve experienced during decades in the business. Demand has climbed across key markets. Freight rates have reached unprecedented levels. Supply has become exceptionally tight and lead times have stretched from sources globally. Prices have consequently hit the heights, while margins are variously described as good to extremely so.Continue reading “Hardwood Trade In Europe Profiting Under Pressure”