According to EUWID, estonian exports of rough-sawn and planed softwood lumber to non-EU countries increased by 28 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 vis à vis the comparative quarter of the preceding year to 67,325m³. According to preliminary information from Eurostat, at 35,724m³, almost half the total volume was delivered to customers in Australia which corresponds to an increase of 80 percent. Exports to EU countries, at 97,466m³, fell short of the preceding year’s volume by 21 percent.
In the first quarter exports were 16 percent below the preceding year’s figure. In the second and third quarters exports decreased by 26 percent and 13 percent respectively.