Swedish exports of sawn and planed softwood +1% in 2016

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Swedish sawmills have increased their exports of sawn and planed softwood by 1% to almost 13 million cu.m in 2016. Especially the exports to East Asia and there to China have increased. The biggest market is Europe with a slight increase of 2%, followed by Africa, where deliveries have significantly declined. As third biggest market the Middle East has slightly declined.

In December, shipments to the Americas are particularly noticeable. They have doubled year on year. Those to the U.S. have tripled against December 2015 with an amount of 16,600 cu.m.

Sweden, Export softwood sawn and planed

1,000 m3

Dec 16

Chg. Dec.
yoy%

Jan-Dec 2016

Chg. Jan-Dec.
yoy%

Europe

449.5

2%

7,970.5

2%

Africa

244.4

-19%

2,362.5

-11%

Middle East

60.7

44%

566.4

-4%

East Asia

158.6

54%

1,798.1

29%

Americas

17.8

101%

255.3

-7%

Oceania

2.4

-58%

43.2

-36%

Total

933.0

3%

12,996.0

1%

Top 10 countries for Swedish softwood exports haven’t changed from November. But Germany has changed places with Norway, which holds the third place now. Germany dropped to place four. Deliveries 2016 dropped by 6% against 2015. Also the three African destinations among the Top 10 have lower deliveries than in the previous year. The particular strongest growths shows China with +356% in December and +47% for the complete year. Japan is following with +15% for the complete year.

Top 10 countries sawn timber export Sweden

1,000 m3

Dec 16

Chg. Dec yoy%

Jan.-Dec. 16

Chg. Jan.-Dec. yoy%

UK

175.9

3%

2,701.8

0%

Egypt

108.7

-26%

1,135.8

-14%

Norway

46.7

12%

955.8

0%

Germany

30.7

-25%

947.8

-6%

Denmark

53.2

23%

937.0

10%

Netherlands

53.7

8%

886.6

3%

Japan

81.5

1%

778.7

15%

China

52.2

356%

734.1

47%

Algeria

59.7

-22%

566.0

-8%

Morocco

54.2

14%

427.8

-4%

Average price of Swedish softwood exports 2016 was 1,912 SEK/cu.m FOB, or 199.61 Euro (Date: 31 Dec 2016). This is 7% more than in December 2015 in SEK. Due to currency fluctuation it’s only 2.4% more in Euro and even 1.2% less in US Dollar.

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