Shipments of tropical hardwood to Canada up 30%

Canada’s imports of tropical sawn wood in January rose about 30% from December 2015, worth US$1.78 million.

January imports were the highest since November 2014. The largest month-over-month growth was seen in Mahogany and Balsa. Sapelli remained the leading species in demand at US$487,174, up 12% from December. Mahogany imports were worth US$62,693 in December, but at such relatively small volumes imports vary considerably month-over-month.

Shipments from Canada’s largest supplier Cameroon increased 70% month-over-month to US$735,985. Imports from Ecuador also grew due to a higher demand for Balsa while Indonesia’s shipments to Canada tripled from December to US$138,924.