Softwood import volumes for 2020 see a 3% rise against 2019 totals, after falling 24% in Q1/Q2 of 2020, to reach 6,580,000m³.
The cumulative volume for softwood in 2020 was up by 200,000m³, from 6.3 million m³ in 2019, following a surge in timber imports in Q3/Q4 2020, primarily from Sweden, Germany, Latvia and Russia.
Provisional full-year data for 2020 reveals total timber and panels import volumes between Q1/Q2 2020 were 26% below the same period in 2019. By the year’s end, improved second-half volumes had cut the deficit over 2019 to just under 3%.
Q4 helped lead the recovery as volumes for all products were nearly 39% higher than over the same period in 2019.
A total of 4.9 million m³ was imported between August and December 2020 with the next largest volume over this period being back in 2006, where volumes reached 4.8 million m³.