The production index for lumber in Germany was 107.2 in July (-3.5% compared to 2015), according to the Federal Statistical Office in Germany. We calculate the production during January - July to 12.3 million m³ (+3.4% compared to 2015). As shown in the chart below, which shows the calculated production in m³, the trend line for the lumber production in Germany is increasing.
The trend line for the total lumber export increases further. Germany exported 572,000 m³ of softwood lumber in June (-3.2% compared to 2015). A total of 3.4 million m³ were exported during January - June (+6.9%). Europe is by far the largest recipient of German lumber, with a market share of 65% in June. The trend line for exports to Europe is also increasing. The export to Europe increased by 6.0% to 2.2 million m³ during January - June.
European countries: United Kingdom, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria and Switerland.
German lumber exports to the Middle East and Southeast Asia (China and Japan excluded) have decreasing trend lines. The export to North Africa has a decreasing trend at a low level for North Africa. The trend lines for export to China, Japan and the U.S. are increasing.
The trend line for the German lumber export to India decreases further from a record high level. The export to South Korea levels off. The trend line for export to Pakistan is decreasing from the peak in late 2015.
The production of wooden boxes in Germany increased in July (compared to previous month) and is at a very high level.