US imports of hardwood flooring declined in Nov 2016

US imports of hardwood flooring and assembled flooring panels declined in November 2016 from the previous month.

Hardwood flooring and assembled flooring panel imports were worth US$3.6 million and US$14.9 million, respectively in November. Year-to-date imports of assembled panels were up 18 percent compared to the same period in 2015, while hardwood flooring imports were down from the previous year.

Hardwood flooring imports from Malaysia grew 60 percent month-on-month, but both Malaysia and Indonesia lost US market share in 2016 to China and Canada. At US$737,291, Indonesia was the largest hardwood flooring supplier in November, but year-to-date imports from Indonesia were lower than in 2015.

Imports of assembled flooring panels from Indonesia and Brazil increased in November. Indonesian shipments of flooring panels soared 57 percent month-on-month to US$1.3 million. Year-to-date imports from Indonesia were up 9 percent from November 2015.

Flooring panel imports from China fell 20 percent in November, but China still accounted for over 40 percent of all US flooring panel imports.

Source: ITTO