US Sawn Tropical Hardwood Imports Gain 13%

According to ITTO, US imports of sawn tropical hardwood rose 13 percent in April. Notable gains were made in imports from Brazil (up 35%), Cameroon (up 125%), and Ghana (up 120%). Imports from Malaysia and Cote d’Ivoire both fell substantially for the month.

Imports of Ipe, Mahogany, and Virola all made considerable gains in April and are well ahead of last year’s volume for the year so far. Imports of Keruing were down 67 percent in April and are off by 39 percent for the year to date. At 15,897 cubic metres, imports for the month were 3 percent less than the previous April, but still enough volume to stay ahead for the year so far. Total imports through April are up 2 percent over last year.

Canada’s imports of sawn tropical hardwood fell 7 percent in April but were still 40 percent higher than in April 2023. Imports from Congo (formerly Brazzaville) more than tripled in April and are up 182 percent for the year so far. Imports to Canada from the US were down 22 percent for the month and are off by 55 percent for the year through April. Total imports to Canada are ahead of last year to date by 19 percent.

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