In the first half of 2020, China's particleboard imports were 298,586 tonnes valued at $100 million, up 15% in volume and 8% in value and this was despite the impact of the pandemic on trade, as ITTO reported.
The major suppliers of particleboard imports in the first half of 2020 were Thailand, Brazil, Romania, Malaysia and Russia. Imports only declined from Malaysia (-4%) while imports from Thailand (+8%, 74,000 tonnes), Brazil (+6%, 48,000 tonnes) and Romania (+17%, 48,000 tonnes).
China’s particleboard imports from Russia surged to almost 32,000 tonnes because Chinese companies have built plants in Russia and export to China.
The US is no longer a major supplier of particleboard to China as a result of the current trade dispute. China’s particleboard imports from the US plunged 84% in the first half of 2020.