Japan plywood imports down 6% YoY

A plywood factory in Sarawak, Malaysia

Japan’s plywood imports in the first half 2016 were down 6% year-on-year but June imports were 8% higher compared to the same period last year.

Compared to a month earlier, the value of June imports were virtually unchanged. The main suppliers of plywood to Japan are Malaysia, Indonesia and China. Malaysia’s first half shipments to Japan were down 11.5% year-on-year while shipments from Indonesia in the first half of this year jumped 3.5%. First half imports from China fell sharply (-29%).