China total wood imports rise 21 per cent

China’s 2016 sawnwood imports totalled 32.15 million cubic metres valued at US$8.14 billion, a year-on-year increase of 21 per cent in volume and 8 per cent in value

The average price for imported sawnwood in 2016 was US$ 253 per cubic metre, down 10 per cent on 2015, according to data from China Customs.

Of total sawnwood imports, sawn softwood imports rose 22 per cent to 17.82 million cubic metres, accounting for 55 per cent of the national total. The average price for imported sawn softwood in 2016 was US$176 per cubic metre, down 10 per cent year-on-year. Sawn hardwood imports grew 20 per cent to 14.33 million cubic metres.

The average price for imported sawn hardwoods in 2016 was US$349 per cubic metre, down 10 per cent year-on-year. Of total sawn hardwood imports, imports of sawnwood from tropical countries were 5.74 million cubic metres valued at US$2.118 billion, up 20 per cent in volume and three per cent in value and accounted for 18 per cent of the national total. The average price for sawnwood imported from tropical countries was US$369 per cubic metre, a year-on-year decline of 15 per cent.

 

Source: ITTO