Ghana’s wood products exports increased by 4.3% in 1Q

Market: Lumber / Plywood
Posted June 4, 2010

Jun 04, 2010. /Lesprom Network/. Ghana’s 1Q wood products exports in 2010 amounted to 97,490 cubic metres, worth Euro 31 million. Compared with the same period last year, exports showed a 4.3% increase in volume. Exports to other African countries accounted for 40% of the total export value for wood products, ITTO reported.

Primary products (poles and billets) accounted for Euro 2 million, secondary products Euro 27 million and tertiary products Euro 2.4 million of the total export value.

Plywood, kiln-dried and air-dried lumbers were the major export products during the 1Q 2010 contributing 37%, 19% and 17% respectively to the total export volume. The share of veneer in the total export volume was 9%. No furniture parts were exported in the 1Q 2010 as was the case in the same period 2009.

Plywood exports to other African countries in the period amounted to 34,800 cubic metres, up 7.8% compared to 32,300 cubic metres in 2009.

The main importing country was Nigeria with 80% share of the total exports wood products from Ghana. Other importing countries were Burkina Faso and Togo. Ceiba, Mahogany, Chenchen and Mixed Red Wood were the principal species for plywood production.

Both air- and kiln dried lumber exports expanded. Air dried lumber exports rose from 13,150 cubic metres recorded in the 1Q 2009 to 16,550 cubic metres this year.

Kiln dried exports increased from 14,510 cubic metres in the 1Q 2009 to 18,960 cubic metres in the same period this year. Wawa, Mahogany, Sapele, Koto/Kyere, Teak, and Ofram were the major sawnwood species exported. Germany, the USA, the UK and France were the principal importing countries.

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