November 2020’s imports of timber and panel products was at its highest since October 2007, the second consecutive month where imports of the main timber and panel products were above the 1 million cu m mark.
That’s according to a monthly report from the Timber Trade Federation, which found that the growth in the imports of the main timber and panel products in November 2020 of nearly 37% is in stark contrast to the 39% reduction in volume in April 2020.
David Hopkins, CEO of the Timber Trade Federation, said: “This demonstrates that the timber supply chain has been working at full steam trying to meet the unprecedented demand. Record volumes of timber are being brought in and absorbed by the market as quickly as they are coming off the dock, often by previous allocation.
“We can expect construction and renovation to play a large role in these plans, putting extra pressure on supply chains in terms of availability and inflation.
“This has caused problems across the supply chain, particularly the merchant-to-builder route, causing strain and shortages in certain areas.”