US hardwoods make a mark

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) showcased its innovative approach to hardwood communication on a stand of 370 square metres, together with a group of 29 US hardwood exporting companies, the largest number yet.

Visitors were given information on the diverse palette of US hardwoods, their environmental credentials and unique qualities. AHEC also highlighted the environmental strengths of the US hardwood resource, presenting various tools for verifying its sustainability.

Meanwhile, the total value of US hardwood exports to India reached US$ 3.24 million in the first quarter of 2023. The statistics, compiled from the latest data released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), reveal that total hardwood lumber shipped from the US to India increased by 36% in value to US$ 2.142 million (up from US$ 1.581 million for the same time period in 2022).

At the same time, direct exports of American hardwood veneers to the market reached US$ 77,000 (up by 38% in comparison to Q1 last year). Exports of hardwood logs increased by 50% and 29% to reach 2,023 cubic metres and US$ 1.03 million respectively.

The top five American hardwood species exported to India in the first quarter of this year include ash (US$ 744,000 and 1,377 cubic metres), white oak (US$ 496,000 and 722 cubic metres), red oak (US$ 276,000 and 499 cubic metres), maple (US$ 281,000 and 686 cubic metres), and hickory (US$ 249,000 and 292 cubic metres).

Significant increases were seen in the value and volume of exports of ash (1,386% and 1,688%), and maple (965% and 1,424%). According to AHEC, the increase in exports in Q1 follows a new record for exports of US hardwood lumber to India in 2022, with the total value of American hardwood lumber and veneer exported reaching US$ 8.618 million.

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