The volume of US sawn temperate and tropical hardwood imports grew slightly in July from the previous month while the value of imports declined 3%. The drop in import value was largely in temperate species, while tropical hardwood imports grew 1% to US$24.1 million in July. Year-to-date tropical imports were down 16% compared to July 2015.
Month-on-month imports of most tropical species declined in July with the exception of ipe (3,144 cu.m., +21%), virola (1,186 cu.m., +41%), meranti, jatoba and teak. Year-to-date imports of balsa, mahogany, cedro and padauk were higher than in July 2015, while imports of other sawnwood decreased. Sawn hardwood imports from Brazil were 4,640 cu.m. in July, up 17% from June due to higher imports of ipe.
Keruing imports from Malaysia fell in July to 1,714 cu.m. in July. Sawnwood imports from Indonesia also declined (1,338 cu.m.) but year-to-date imports were up 10% from July last year.
Sapelli sawnwood imports from Cameroon fell to 632 cu.m. in July, while Congo (Brazzaville) increased sapelli shipment from the previous month to 884 cu.m. Imports from all African suppliers were significantly lower yearto-date than in 2015.