UK hardwood imports from the EU down 4% in first five months of 2016

The UK’s hardwood imports from the EU is shrinking, according to the latest Timber Trade Federation Statistical Bulletin.

Before results of the Brexit vote, the percentage of hardwood imports from the EU was 49%, down from the 53% in 2015.

The USA remains the main supplier of hardwood to the UK, accounting for around 25% of the market share. Other main suppliers include Estonia and Italy for temperate hardwoods; Cameroon and Malaysia for tropical hardwoods.

A majority of tropical imports (78%) are supplied by non-EU countries, but huge volumes are transhipped to the UK through EU member countries like the Netherlands and Germany.