Strong ex­port per­for­mance of Aus­tralia's wood prod­uct in­dus­tries con­tin­ues

Australian Forests and Timber - - Abares Report -

AS RE­PORTED in the Novem­ber 2016 is­sue of Aus­tralian for­est and wood prod­ucts sta­tis­tics, Based on the first six months of 2016–17, the strong ex­port per­for­mance of Aus­tralia’s wood prod­uct in­dus­tries has con­tin­ued into the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year (Fig­ure 1). Ex­ports in­creased by 7.8% to $1.6 bil­lion, from $1.5 bil­lion in the cor­re­spond­ing quar­ters of 2015–16.

The largest con­trib­u­tors to this im­proved ex­port

per­for­mance were round­wood and wood­chips. The value of round­wood log ex­ports in­creased by 42% to $306 mil­lion in the first six months of 2016–17, com­pared with the cor­re­spond­ing quar­ters in 2015–16. Over the same time­frame, the value of wood­chip ex­ports in­creased by 6.1% to $558 mil­lion. These in­creases more than off­set de­clines in pa­per and pa­per­board and re­cov­ered pa­per ex­ports.

In con­trast to ex­ports, im­ports de­creased by 6.4% to $2.7 bil­lion in the first two quar­ters of 2016–17, com­pared with the cor­re­spond­ing quar­ters of 2015–16 (Fig­ure 2). De­clines were ex­pe­ri­enced in most im­port cat­e­gories, in par­tic­u­lar pa­per and pa­per­board which fell 8.4% to $1.1 bil­lion. These de­clines were par­tially off­set by an in­crease in im­ports of wood-based pan­els, which rose by 15% to $272 mil­lion.

■ ■ Fig­ure 1 Quar­terly value of wood prod­uct ex­ports by prod­uct, March 2015 to De­cem­ber 2016 Note: Soft­wood wood­chip ex­port data from March 2016 is con­fi­den­tial and is not pre­sented in this fig­ure. Fig­ure 2 Quar­terly value of wood prod­uct im­ports by...

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