Finnish Sawnwood Exports Expected to Increase in 2017

Helsinki, Finland: The Finnish forest industry's production and export volumes, except for paper, will increase over last year's. Demand for sawnwood, pulp and cardboard is highest. According to the Finnish Forest Sector Economic Outlook released by Natural Resources Institute Finland, the competition will lead to falls in export prices in all main product groups except plywood this year, but prices will stabilise next year.

Exports of sawnwood are expected to grow this year to 8.5 million cubic metres, a record-high figure. Sawnwood export volumes to Europe, Asia and North Africa increased during the first half of this year, particularly spruce sawnwood exports to China.

Intensifying competition and the oversupply of sawnwood in certain markets are burdening the export prices of sawn pinewood in particular.

“The slight rise in sawnwood production and export volumes is expected to continue in 2017, but the decline in export unit prices will stabilise,” predicted by Antti Mutanen, researcher at the institute Finland.

The consumption of sawnwood cannot be predicted to grow in Finland this year, due to the sluggish trend in the construction of single-family houses. More emphatic growth is expected in domestic consumption next year. Plywood production and export volumes and prices are being maintained by the recovery in construction in Europe, alongside lively demand for industrial applications.

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