Latest analysis of Eurostat figures underlines the recent volatile conditions in the EU and UK plywood trade. Total EU+UK imports from outside the rose to a peak of 4.8 million cu.m in the 12 months to March 2019 before declining sharply to a low of 4.1 million cu.m in the 12 months to March 2020. The decline in imports predates the first Covid-19 lockdown in Europe and was due to weakening construction sector activity and overstocking in the prepandemic period. The rebound in construction and DIY activity after the first ...
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