Wednesday, October 18, 2017
American Softwoods (AMSO), the promotional partnership formed by three major U.S. softwood trade associations has recently declared that the total exports of U.S. softwood lumber to India reached a value of USD 8.882 million in the first half of 2017. The announcement was made today at the opening of MumbaiWood, which is due to run until October 14, 2017 at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center in Mumbai, India. The statistics, which have been compiled from the latest data released from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), reveal an overall increase in value of 102 percent over the same period in 2016. In terms of species, Southern Yellow Pine dominated exports with over 79 percent of all softwood lumber exports to India. Other species that were also imported in smaller quantities included Douglas-Fir, Ponderosa Pine, White/red Pine, and Lodgepole Pine.
According to market reports, India is an emerging market for softwood lumber. Traditionally, the market has preferred hardwoods for furniture, door and window manufacturing but as regulations on the harvesting of their preferred species (such as teak) has increased, so has the demand for substitutes.
“India is growing in importance for producers of American softwoods and we have been pleased with how well the market has accepted our species and products. Recognizing the need to support local manufacturers, the Indian government has been providing them with support for outsourcing supplies from other countries, allowing them to import raw materials and remanufacture them locally. Our hope is that by participating at events like MumbaiWood, we can establish a direct connection between our members and the different elements of the ‘timber chain’ in India. In doing so, we aim to ensure that they have as much information as they need to design and build with American softwoods and a direct line of supply,” concluded Charles Trevor, Consultant to American Softwoods.