Swedish softwood planed and sawn lumber are on a slighty declining trend in the first quarter of the year exports are declining slightly. Of the total exports, almost two-thirds of exports remained in Europe in the period mentioned. About 15% each went to Africa and East Asia. 3.5% were exported to the Middle East and only 2.6% to the Americas, despite massive increases in wood prices in the US. Oceania is at 0.8%.
Oceania is also, albeit vanishingly low, the only region in the world to report rising exports from Sweden in the first quarter. Exports to Europe were stable, with all other regions showing declines, most notably the US, which accounts for 95% of exports to the Americas. Looking at the month of March alone, exports to the US are rising again.
|1.000m3||March 18||% to March 17||January-March 18||% Change yoy|
|the Middle East||36,6||-20%||117,4||-8%|
As always, the top 10 list of buyers of Swedish softwood lumber is headed by the UK, which accounts for about one fifth of Swedish exports. This is followed by the Netherlands and China. Germany comes next, followed by Denmark and Egypt.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, Sweden delivered 4% less softwood lumber to Germany in the first quarter of 2018. Exports to China also declined by 4% year-on-year, deliveries to the US, which only came 13th, even fell by 32%.
|1.000m3||Mar 18||% to Mar 17||Jan-Mrz 18||% to Vj.|