U.S. hardwood lumber exports to India set new record in 2021

Total value of American hardwood lumber shipped to India reached USD 6.50 million last year, nearly three times the previous record set in 2019

March 15, 2021 - A new record high has been achieved for U.S. hardwood exports to India in 2021 as both the value and volume of hardwood lumber shipped to the country was more than double the previous high set in 2019. The total value of American hardwood lumber, logs and veneer exported to India reached USD 12.22 million last year despite global lumber shortages, uncertainty in freight rates and availability of containers, and generally increasing prices across all species. Overall exports of both U.S. hardwood lumber and veneer to India were up year-on-year, whilst exports of logs continued their downward spiral, in line with the general shift seen in recent years by Indian buyers towards importing value-added kiln-dried lumber instead of logs.

The statistics, which have been compiled from the latest data released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), reveal that total hardwood lumber shipped from the United States to India increased by 292 percent in value to USD 6.50 million (up from USD 1.66 million in 2020) and by 288 percent in volume to 11,109 cubic meters (up from 2,863 cubic meters in 2020). At the same time, direct exports of American hardwood veneers to the market increased by 9 percent to reach USD 2.69 million. The increases seen last year prove that 2020 was a temporary dip in an otherwise upward trend. Significantly, the value and volume of logs exported to India declined by 3 percent to reach USD 3.03 million and by 18 percent to reach 5,411 cubic meters respectively.

The top five American hardwood species exported were hickory (USD 2.056 million and 2,941m3), white oak (USD 1.5 million and 2,223m3), red alder (USD 1.012 million and 3,028m3), red oak (USD 815,000 and 1,353m3), and ash (USD 804,000 and 1,184m3). Significant increases were seen in the value and volume of exports of all species - hickory (141 percent and 115 percent), white oak (454 percent and 375 percent), red alder (4,013 percent and 3,548 percent), red oak (731 percent and 696 percent), ash (360 percent and 293 percent), walnut (406 percent and 146 percent) and maple (183 percent and 170 percent). Aiming to support and sustain this increased interest in American hardwoods, AHEC has announced its participation at INDIAWOOD, which is due to run from June 2 - 6, 2022 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center.

“Limited domestic hardwood supplies, coupled with strong sustained growth in the retail furniture, handicraft and hospitality sectors has driven the demand for new species, making India an attractive and long-term prospective market for U.S. hardwoods. With India making genuine progress towards fulfilling its potential as a major market for U.S. hardwoods, AHEC is participating at INDIAWOOD with an American hardwood pavilion, which includes several U.S.-based hardwood and veneer exporters. We anticipate that there will be a significant amount of interest from visitors in the American Hardwood Pavilion and that the U.S. companies taking part in the show will find it to be very worthwhile,” concluded Roderick Wiles, AHEC Regional Director. - ends -

About AHEC:
The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is the leading international trade association for the U.S. hardwood industry, representing the committed exporters among U.S. hardwood companies and all the major U.S. hardwood production trade associations. AHEC runs a worldwide programme to promote American hardwoods in over 50 export markets, concentrating on providing architects, specifiers, designers and end-users with technical information on the range of species, products and sources of supply. In addition, AHEC also produces a full range of technical publications.

For more information, please visit: www.americanhardwood.org