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The Export Association of Peru (ADEX) has reported that May 2010 exports of wood products were US$ 13.3 million, up 9% from the levels in April 2009. The growth eased from the previous months 36% increase year-on-year. Three biggest buyers were China, United States and Mexico which together accounted for 89% of the total export volume.
In May, Columbia increased its imports of Oriented Strand Board and Taiwan PoC imported more lumber and plywood compared to last year. Hong Kong and France reduced their wood product imports significantly from last year, by 84% and 71% respectively.


Range of wood product exports
The main exported items in May were semi-manufactured products with a 46% share of the total export volume. The accumulated exports from the beginning of the year totalled US$ 30 million representing a 31% increase over the same period in 2009.
Semi-manufactured products were exported mainly to China which accounted for 81% of the total accumulated exports from the beginning of the year. Canada and Israel substantially increased their imports for semi-manufactured products in May.


Sawnwood exports made up 34% of the total exports. The accumulated sawnwood exports from the beginning of the year totalled US$22 million, up 18% over the same period last year. The main destination was China with a 35% share of the total sawnwood exports.
Accumulated veneer and plywood exports from the beginning of the year were valued at US$6.6 million in May, an increase of 19% over the same period last year. Veneer and plywood are exported mainly to Mexico which accounted for 97% of total exports.


In contrast, exports of furniture and its parts declined at a steeper rate compared to the previous month. From the beginning of the year there has been a 25% drop in furniture exports, compared to the same period last year. The total value of furniture and furniture parts exports for the period was US$2.4 million. The US is the main market for furniture and its parts accounting for 53% of the total exports. The US and Italy have reduced imports by 75% and 55% respectively from the beginning of the year.