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China and America cause wood shortage

Increasing demand in China and the USA led to an enormous wood shortage of supply in Germany. According to the Federal Association of the German Sawmill and Timber Industry, 20 million solid cubic meters of round and sawn timber were exported last year. That’s 80 percent more timber exports than in 2019, with China alone taking more than half of Germany’s timber exports. As the Chinese economy has quickly recovered from the Covid pandemic, demand is rising rapidly – and accordingly, German wood is better paid in China than in Germany. But there is now also a shortage of construction timber in the USA.

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