US tropical hardwood veneer imports reached US$233.7 million in 2016, up 14 percent from the previous year, according to the ITTO.
Imports from many leading suppliers such as Italy, India, Ghana and Cameroon doubled from 2015.
Italy was the largest supplier of tropical veneer in 2016 at US$15.9 million, followed by China (US$9.6 million).
India, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana each shipped over US$6 million worth of tropical veneer to the US in 2016. Veneer imports from Cameroon doubled from 2015 to US$2.6 million.