Swedish softwood lumber exports increased slightly in 2017

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In 2017, Sweden exported 13.1 million m3 of sawn and planed softwood lumber. This is 1% more than in 2016. Almost 8 million cbm were exported to European countries, and 4 million m3 to Africa and East Asia.

Shipments to Europe are at the same level as in the previous year, but those to Africa and the Middle East have declined. Shipments to East Asia, America and Oceania have increased.

1.000 m3 Dec 17 % from. Dec 16 Jan-Dec 17 Previous year
Europe 446,0 -1% 7.942,8 0%
Africa 357,0 46% 2.175,6 -8%
East Asia 129,8 -18% 2.045,1 14%
Middle East 38,7 -36% 476,1 -16%
America 50,6 184% 410,3 61%
Oceania 10,1 317% 59,9 39%
total 1.032,0 11% 13.110,0 1%

By country the United Kingdom leads the way as usual. With just under 2.6 million m3, exports to the UK represent about one-fifth of all Swedish softwood exports. The UK is followed by Egypt and Norway, both with over 1 million m3. Germany follows in fifth place after the Netherlands.

Swedish supplies to Great Britain and Germany, as well as to Denmark and Morocco have declined. All other countries in the top 10 show rising shipments, with the US leading the way (+65%) for the full year and +203% in December 2017.

1.000 m3 Dec 17 % Dec 16 Jan-Dec 17 % Previous year
UK 151,3 -14% 2.577,2 -5%
Egypt 224,8 107% 1.285,1 13%
Norway 44,8 -4% 1.001,8 5%
Netherlands 60,6 13% 958,7 8%
Germany 33,7 10% 882,5 -7%
China 30,6 -41% 877,6 20%
Denmark 49,6 -7% 859,2 -8%
Japan 77,2 -5% 840,9 8%
USA 50,2 203% 404,4 65%
Morocco 39,6 -27% 391,5 -8%

The average price of deliveries in December was 2,084 SEK / cbm FOB, up 9% on the same month of the previous year.

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