The wood sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, like most sectors, felt the negative consequences
The share of furniture exports in the three quarters last year was 43.2%, other products of the wood industry 56.8%, and most furniture was exported for bedrooms and living rooms, dining rooms, and other wooden furniture.
In the three quarters of 2020, compared to the same period last year, an increase in exports of 27.3% was recorded in prefabricated wooden houses, and an increase of 11.2% in construction joinery, while the largest decrease of 41.9% was recorded in parquet and other profiled wood, and a decrease of 20.7% in forestry products,
The most significant decline in exports of 54.7% was recorded in the US market, in the Montenegrin market the decline was 39.1%, China 27.7%, Sweden 27.6%, Italy 25.3%, Slovenia 22.5%, Belgium 14.2%, France 13.2%, Albania 11.6%, Austria 5.7%, Serbia 2.5%, and Croatia 1.2%.
Export growth of 520.3 percent was recorded in the Turkish market, in the Danish market export growth was 33.8 percent, Poland 25.7 percent, Norway 25.6 percent, the Czech Republic 18.3 percent, Switzerland 14.2 percent, the Netherlands 4.9 percent, Northern Macedonia 2.4 percent, and Germany 2.2 percent.
When it comes to the import of the wood sector in BiH, forestry products decreased by 32.9%, sawn timber and elements by 14.6%, boards and veneer by 6.3%, floors and parquets by 38.1%, construction carpentry by 14.7%, while imports of wooden furniture decreased by 22.4%.
Wood sector products were mainly imported from Serbia, Poland, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, the Czech Republic and Austria.
”It can be concluded that the wood sector was significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and business in a number of companies was difficult,” according to the Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH.