Total import of softwood lumber in India from leading exporters in Europe and North America amounted to 252,000 cubic metres during January-July 2016. This is nearly exactly the same figure as for January-July 2015. Import from Germany, however, increased by no less than 29% to 172,000 cubic metres. This means that the market share for German sawmills increased from 53% to 68%, as Woodstat reported.
“This is an impressive development,” says Jenny Wessung, CEO at Woodstat AB. “If we look at the figures in detail, we can see that leading exporters like U.S., Canada, Russia and Austria delivered clearly lower volumes this year.”
The construction industry (houses, infrastructure etc) will expand further in the next coming years and the demand of softwood lumber will increase.