Exports of Estonian wooden houses increased by eight percent in 2013
07. March

According to Statistics Estonia the exports of wood-based products in 2013 amounted to 1598 million euros, which is 9.9% more than in 2012. The import volume in the same commodity group was 424 million euros, increasing by 13.6%. 

Wood-based products are the main stabilizers of Estonian trade balance.  Compared to previous year the positive balance has increased by 8,6%, from 1080,4 to 1173,9 million euros. Compared to 2012 the foreign trade deficit increased by 5,3% amounting to -1,4 million euros.

The exports’ structure of Estonian wood-based products is dominated by value added products. The largest share of export is held by sawn and planed timber (with 18.9 %), followed by wood furniture and details (15.5 %), wooden construction components (14.3 %) and wooden prefabricated buildings (13,8%). Prefabricated houses were mainly exported to Norway, Germany and Sweden.

In the comparison of two previous years the export volume of wooden houses has increased 7,9% - from 187,5 to 202,4 million euros. There has been notable growth of export to Sweden and Norway, at the same time the exports to Finland and Netherlands has decreased.

Source (in Estonian): Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association