In 2021, logistical problems on the supply side in tropical countries during the COVID pandemic seemed to accelerate the long term trend away from tropical timber products in the EU27 market. The share of tropical products in the total value of EU27 imports of wood and wood furniture fell from 20% in 2020 to just 17% in 2021. However, last year the situation was transformed as tropical products recorded the largest increase in share for at least the last 15 years, rebounding to 21% of the total value of EU27 imports of wood and wood furniture (Chart 1).
In 2022, the EU27 imported 1.94 million tonnes of tropical wood and wood furniture products with a total value of USD4.37B, respectively 10% and 18% more than the previous year. Compared to the pre-pandemic level of imports in 2019, imports last year increased 36% in value terms but only 6% in quantity terms.