TTF Monthly Stats – January 2020

Date Published

21 January 2020

Document Type

Category

Author

TDUK
Summary

Timber and panel import volumes performed strongly in October 2020 for the fifth consecutive month since June, according to the latest timber statistics for October 2020.

Key Information

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) monthly report reveals total import volumes for main timber and panel products were 21 percent higher in October 2020 compared to October 2019 levels, as import volumes in the month soared above the 1 million m³ mark.

However, even this strong performance cannot compensate for the loss of import volume in Q2 meaning the ten months to October 2020 is still 11 percent below, compared to the same time last year. Solid wood imports were 8 percent below the same period in 2019 and panel product imports were 15 percent lower.

The main drivers of growth in the early Autumn were OSB and softwood imports, supported by higher volumes of plywood and MDF compared to the same period in 2019.

Collectively, these four products have led to a 15 percent (377,000m³) increase in the latest three months (August-October 2020) for which data is available.

Collectively, these four products have led to a 15 percent (377,000m³) increase in the latest three months (August-October 2020) for which data is available.

Softwood import volume topped over 700,000m³ in October 2020, the highest October volume since 2003. The main contributors were Sweden and Latvia with Germany and Russia also exporting more to the UK in the month compared to October 2019.

I'm interested in:

Case studies

The new visitor and education centre at Brockholes Wetland and Woodland Nature Reserve near Preston is set on a floating ‘island’ on a lake. The design, by Adam Khan Architects, won an RIBA competition and was inspired by the now-destroyed magical landscape of the Marsh Arabs in Southern Iraq, recorded by the anthropologist Wilfred Thesiger in the 1950s

The Exbury Egg is a giant timber pod floating on the estuary of the Beaulieu river, Hampshire, and moving up and down with the tide.