The value of year-to-date imports was unchanged from February 2016. Imports of virola, imbuia and balsa (combined) increased to US$646,233 in February. Year-to-date imports of the three species were up 68 percent from February last year.
Sapelli imports were almost unchanged from January at US$380,644, down 27 percent year-to-date compared to February 2016. Cameroon was again Canada’s main source of imports at US$547,083 in February, but year-to-date imports were down from the same time last year.
Imports from Brazil grew substantially in February and were worth US$184,539. The majority was likely ipe sawnwood, which is not classified separately in Canadian trade data. Among the smaller suppliers Thailand, Gabon and Guyana increased sawn hardwood exports to Canada in February.