As was the case in 2018, three supply countries continued to account for over 85% of Japan’s imports of plywood in January 2019. Malaysia, Indonesia and China dominate plywood imports but shippers in Vietnam are steadily securing market share.

January shipments from China were little changed year-on-year and month on month but Indonesian shipments were down 17% compared to January 2018 and were down 11% compared to a month earlier.