Value Of UK Tropical Wood Product Imports Up 34%. ITTO Market Report 15th August 2022

Value Of UK Tropical Wood Product Imports Up 34%.

The import value of tropical wood and wood furniture into the UK in the opening five months of this year was USD711 million, 34% more than the same period last year. In fact, this was by far the strongest start to the year in terms of UK import value of tropical wood and wood furniture products since at least before the 2008 financial crises (Chart 1). It compares to an average import value of less than USD500 million for the January to May period throughout the whole decade prior to the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

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Some Encouraging Signs For European Furniture Sector. ITTO Market Report July 31st 2022

Some Encouraging Signs For European Furniture Sector

The global significance of the European furniture sector, and some positive signs for the sector after the turmoil caused by the COVID pandemic, are highlighted in recent reports in World Furniture, the trade journal of CSIL, the Milan-based furniture market research organisation (www.worldfurnitureonline.com).

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EU27 Tropical Wood Import Value Increases On The Back Of High Prices. ITTO European Market Report 15th July 2022

In the first four months of this year, the value of EU imports of tropical wood and wood furniture totalled USD1.23 billion, a gain of 28% compared to the same period last year. In terms of value, this was by far the highest level of trade for the four month period in the last five years (Chart 1). In fact trade value was at a level not seen since before the 2008-2009 financial crises. Continue reading “EU27 Tropical Wood Import Value Increases On The Back Of High Prices. ITTO European Market Report 15th July 2022”

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Price Inflation Drives Rise In Value Of UK Tropical Wood Product Imports. ITTO European Market Report 30th June 2022

Stacks of sawn tropical wood

The import value of tropical wood and wood furniture into the UK in the opening four months of this year were at an unprecedented level of USD565 million (Chart 1). That is 36% more than the same period in 2021 when imports were also high following a strong rebound after the downturn during the first COVID lockdown in 2020. In fact, this was by far the strongest start to the year in terms of UK import value of tropical wood and wood furniture products since at least before the 2008 financial crises. It compares to an average import value of less than USD380 million for the January to April period throughout the whole decade prior to the onset of the pandemic in 2019.

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European Sawn Hardwood Production At Highest Level Since 2008. ITTO European Market Report 15th June 2022

Sawn Hardwood

According to the European Sawmiller Organisation (EOS), production of sawn hardwood in Europe was significantly impacted by the coronavirus crisis in 2020 with a strong decline particularly in France and Germany. Overall sawn hardwood production declined from around 6 million m3 in 2019 to just above 5.5 million m3 in 2020. Continue reading “European Sawn Hardwood Production At Highest Level Since 2008. ITTO European Market Report 15th June 2022”

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EU27 Tropical Wood Import Value At Highest Level For A Decade. ITTO European Market Report 31st May 2022

Timber imports

In the first three months of this year, the value of EU imports of tropical wood and wood furniture was at a level not seen for over a decade. Import value was USD1.05 billion in the first quarter, a gain of 22% compared to the same period last year. It was also 16% up on the last quarter in 2021 when trade was already at a decadal high for that period of the year (Chart 1).

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Record Start To The Year For UK Tropical Wood And Wood Furniture Imports. ITTO European Market Report 15th May 2022

Warehouse of sawn wood

The import value of tropical wood and wood furniture into the UK in the opening two months of this year were at record levels. In the January to February period, import value totalled US$270 million, 47% more than the same period in 2021 when imports were also high following a strong rebound after the downturn during the first COVID lockdown in 2020. In fact, this was by far the highest value import of tropical wood and wood furniture products into the UK in any two month period since at least before the 2008 financial crises.

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Intense Negotiations Underway On EU “Deforestation-Free” Law. ITTO European Market Report 30th April 2022

Deforested area

Intense negotiations continue within the European Council and European Parliament towards agreement of a final text of the law “on the making available on the Union market as well as export from the Union of certain commodities and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation”.

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European Veneer Consumption Rebounds By 10% In 2021. ITTO European Market Report 15th April 2022

Wood samples

In 2021, the 27 countries of the EU together with the UK (UK27+UK) imported 609,000 m3 of hardwood veneer from outside the region, 17% more than in 2020. EU27+UK imports from temperate countries increased 23% to 303,000 m3 in 2021 while imports from the tropics were up 11% to 307,000 m3 (Chart 1).

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Rise In Prices Drives Large Increase EU27+UK Tropical Wood Import Value. ITTO European Market Report 31st March 2022.

Stack of timber

In 2021, the EU27+UK imported 2.22 million tonnes of tropical wood and wood furniture with a total value of USD4.93 billion, a gain of 8% and 27% respectively in quantity and value terms. Compared to the pre-pandemic level of imports in 2019, imports last year were up 12% in value terms but still down 6% in quantity terms.

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