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  September 2nd, 2021 | Written by

American Plywood Imports Peak Near $3B

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  • In 2020, the average plywood import price in America dropped by -6.7% against the figures of 2019.
  • Plywood imports into the U.S. skyrocketed to 5.4M cubic meters in 2020.

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘U.S. – Plywood – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

In 2020, American plywood imports grew by +15% y-o-y to 5.4M or by +7.7% to $2.9B in value terms, reaching a record level over the past decade. Viet Nam, Brazil and Canada constitute the major plywood suppliers to the U.S., with a combined 41%-share of the total imports. Last year, Cambodia, Indonesia, Brazil, Viet Nam, Chile, Canada and Russia saw the most rapid increases in plywood exports to the U.S. In 2020, the average plywood import price in America dropped by -6.7% against the figures of 2019.

Plywood Imports into the U.S.

Plywood imports into the U.S. skyrocketed to 5.4M cubic meters in 2020, with an increase of +15% against 2019 figures. In value terms, plywood imports rose by +7.7% significantly to $2.9B (IndexBox estimates) in 2020.

Viet Nam (779K cubic meters), Brazil (766K cubic meters) and Canada (697K cubic meters) were the main suppliers of plywood imports to the U.S., with a combined 41% share of total imports. China, Indonesia, Chile, Russia and Cambodia lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 42%.

In 2020, the most notable growth rate in terms of purchases, amongst the main suppliers, was attained by Cambodia (39.7% y-o-y), Indonesia (+36.6% y-o-y), Brazil (+36.5% y-o-y), Viet Nam (+24.4% y-o-y), Chile (+18.5% y-o-y), Canada (+14.4% y-o-y) and Russia (+7.8% y-o-y).

In value terms, Viet Nam ($424M), China ($363M) and Indonesia ($351M) constituted the largest plywood suppliers to the U.S., together comprising 39% of total imports. Canada, Brazil, Chile, Russia and Cambodia lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 44%.

The average plywood import price stood at $542 per cubic meter in 2020, falling by -6.7% against the previous year. Prices varied noticeably by the country of origin; the country with the highest price was Indonesia ($695 per cubic meter), while the price for Chile ($420 per cubic meter) was amongst the lowest. In 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by China, while the prices for the other major suppliers experienced a decline.

Source: IndexBox Platform