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WhatWood: in February 2016, softwood lumber exports from Russia grew 29% to 1.7 million m3

7 April 2016 ` 18:30  

In February 2016, deliveries of softwood lumber from Russia to foreign markets rose by 29% (m/m). On the annual basis, exports also increased by 6.7% to 1.7 million m3. The value of exports amounted to $198 million, which is 33% higher than in January 2016, but 10.4% lower yoy.

In January-February 2016, the volume of exports of softwood lumber from Russia increased by 2% (yoy) to 3 million m3 at $347 million (-15% yoy).

“In February 2016, there has been a marked revival in the major softwood lumber markets after low business activity and the short working month in January. Sales in Europe increased by 69% (m/m) to 289 thousand m3, in Japan by 28% (m/m) to 86 thousand m3, in China by 17% to 800 thousand m3. Egypt, the largest consumer of Russian softwood lumber in the MENA region, for the first time after seven months of reduced deliveries, increased imports by 74% (m/m) in February to 148 thousand m3,” commented the timber industry analytics agency WhatWood.

An in-depth review of the situation in export markets for Russian softwood lumber is available in the latest issue of the agency’s publication WhatWood Monthly Lumber Report.

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