In the first nine months of 2014, Sweden has exported about 9.15 million cubic meters of sawn and planed softwood. This represents a 6.9% increase over the same period of 2013, when 8.57 million cubic meters were exported. Main export markets for the Swedish lumber are the United Kingdom and Egypt, followed by Norway and Germany.
Sweden has managed to expand its deliveries to its largest markets. Exceptions are Germany, Japan, France and Saudi Arabia, where the delivery volume dropped. The largest increases were registerd in Egypt, United Kingdom, followed by Denmark and China.
By continent, the greatest upsurge was in Africa (with +33%), mostly due to a strong volume growth in shipments to Egypt. Deliveries to Europe rose by 6.0%, and to the EU by 6.6%. A decline was recorded in exports to Asia (-13.6%), because of a lower demand from Japan and Saudi Arabia.
A significant rise can also be noticed in the average export value of the Swedish softwood lumber. In September it reached 2081 SEK / cbm FOB (223.85 EUR) and for the first nine months 2012 SEK/cbm FOB (216.42 EUR). Both values have increased by 8.1% compared to the corresponding period last year.
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