According to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the total export of U.S hardwood lumber and veneer to the MENA region has reached up to $86. 54m in 2012, an increase of 19%.
There has substantial increase in demand for American hardwoods in the UAE, Turkey, Jordan and Pakistan.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has shown that in value, the UAE has been the number one destination for U.S hardwood lumber for 2012, with total shipments reaching $11.62m, rising by 14%, with Turkey emerging as second place.
AHEC director for Africa, Middle East, India, and Oceania, Roderick Wiles (pictured) said: “Demand for American hardwoods in the MENA region is poised to remain strong this year as well. The majority of importers continue to acquire and maintain large stocks of American hardwoods, driven by the renewed surge in the construction sector.”