US Imports of hardwood flooring increase by 30% in 2015.
US imports of wood flooring increased again in 2015, following a year of significant growth in 2014, reports the International Tropical Timber Organisation.
Hardwood flooring imports were worth $47.4 million in 2015, up 30% from 2014. Imports from all countries increased, but the strongest growth was in Canadian shipments where manufacturers benefited from the weak Canadian dollar.
Indonesia and Malaysia were the largest sources of imports at $10.7 million and $10.1 million, respectively. Hardwood flooring imports from Indonesia grew by over half from 2014. Imports from China were worth $8.7 million, up 19% from the previous year while imports of assembled wood flooring panels were worth $136.5 million, up 3% from 2014.
The strongest growth was in imports from Canada, while assembled wood flooring imports from China fell 10% in 2015 to $60.7 million. Indonesia exported $8.1 million worth of assembled flooring panels to the US in 2015, up 6% from the previous year.
It will be interesting to see what 2016 holds for US imports of hardwood flooring.