2017 is proving to be good so far for timber and panel imports to UK
Our latest monthly statistics show that the year 2017 has started well for timber and panel imports. Import volume in the first month of 2017 was 26% higher than 2016 amounting to 186,000 m3 increase.
Solid wood imports were 18% higher than in January 2016 and panel products were 45% higher.
Although this is an outstanding performance, it should be noted that, in general terms, January 2016 saw low volumes of timber imports in comparison to the same month in previous years.
According to the data:
- UK imports of the main timber and panel products rose in 2016 by 5.2% to climb to a total of 9.8 million m3
- Europe accounted for the great majority of the volume of timber imported to the UK, supplying 86% of all imports. Volume from Europe was 8.4 million m3, an increase of just over 6% on 2015
- Volume supplied specifically from the EU amounted to 7.9 million m3, or 93% of all volume from Europe including Russia.
- The share of supply from Asia fell from 8.7% in 2015 to 8.0% in 2016, mainly due to lower plywood volumes shipped from China.
- The share of supply held by North America fell for the third year in a row, down from 2.3% in 2014 to 1.9% in 2016.