Softwood lumber China imported approximately 1.87 million m³ of softwood lumber in August (+33% compared to 2015) according to the Chinese Customs. During January - August China imported a total of 14.20 million m³ of softwood lumber (+22% compared to 2015). The trend line for the Chinese import of softwood lumber levels off at a record high level.
China imported approximately 1.05 million m³ of softwood lumber from Russia in August (+63% compared to 2015) and 397,000 m³ (-18%) from Canada. During January - August China imported 7.85 million m³ of softwood lumber from Russia (+45%) and 3.44 million m³ from Canada (-10%). The trend line for the Chinese import of softwood lumber from Russia is increasing rapidly to a new record level. The trend line for import from Canada decreases further. The trend line for import from Chile levels off. The trend lines for U.S. and New Zealand are increasing.
The Russian market share in the Chinese lumber market is at a very high level and the trend is increasing. Canada is losing market share and the trend line is at its lowest level since 2007. Note that these are smoothed series that result in lagging trend lines that do not reflect major changes in individuals months.
China imported approximately 75,000 m³ of softwood lumber from Sweden in August (+63% compared to 2015), 91,000 m³ from Finland (+54%) and 20,000 m³ from Germany (+43%). The trend lines for the import from Finland and Sweden are increasing rapidly to record high levels. Also the trend line for Germany is increasing. Imports from Latvia and Austria are very small.
The Finnish market share in the Chinese lumber market is approximately 50%, a very high level. The trend line is however decreasing. The German market share is at a low level, but is increasing. The trend for the Swedish market share levels off at approximately 35%.
China's import of softwood lumber (1 000 m³)
Jan - Aug 2016
Jan - Aug 2015
When we compare China's import of softwood lumber during January - August with the same period in 2015, we see that most countries are increasing the export to China. Finland is the third largest exporter during the period. Finland (+71%), Russia (+45%) and Sweden (+37%) increase the most. Only Germany (-33%) and Canada (-10%) decreased the export to China.
Softwood logs China imported 3.15 million m³ of softwood logs in August (+49% compared to 2015). The import of softwood logs during January - August amounted to 21.96 million m³ (+9%). The trend line for the import of softwood logs in China is increasing.
China imported 785,000 m³ of softwood logs from Russia in August (+40% compared to 2015). The import from New Zealand was 1.10 million m³ (+36%) and from the U.S. 479,000 m³ (+106%). The trend lines for import from all countries in the chart below are increasing.
The trend lines for the Chinese import of softwood logs from France, Estonia and Lithuania are increasing. The trend lines for import from Belarus and Romania are decreasing. The import from Romania is now close to zero.
China's import of softwood logs (1 000 m³)
Jan - Aug 2016
Jan - Aug 2015
When we compare China's import of softwood logs during January - August with the same period in 2015, we see both increases and decreases for the different exporters. The main exporter New Zealand and the smallest exporters are decreasing the export to China. Except for "Other", France (+47%), Australia (+34%), Japan (+22%) and U.S. (+20%) account for the largest increases.
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