With an overall European positive trend in imports of plywood (+7% in Q1), backed by rising purchases from major suppliers such as Russia (+21%) and Brazil (+9%), China has exported plywood worth €187,4m to Europe, an increase of 7% againstQ1, 2013the first half of 2013.

In the period mentioned, the UK imported Chinese plywood for a total of €89,1m, an increase of 8% compared to the first six months of 2013. Significantly decrease of imports from China were in Germany (-4%) and France (-11%), while Belgium, the second biggest European importer, increased its imports by 1%.

In terms of market shares, China continues to play an important role on the European plywood market. China currently is the second largest plywood exporter to EU, with a share of 14,3%; very close to Brazil (12,6%), which comes on third, and Russia (15.7%), the first supplier.