Which Country Exports the Most Wood Railway Or Tramway Sleepers in the World?

Industrial Wood May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the amount of railway sleeper exported worldwide stood at 885K tonnes, flattening at the previous year level. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.9% from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014, an increase of 20% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global railway sleeper exports attained its maximum volume in 2016, and are likely to see steady growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, railway sleeper exports totaled $308M in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +2.7% from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Global railway sleeper export peaked of $321M in 2015, falling back in the following year.

Top Railway Sleeper Exporting Countries in the World

1. USA (156.3 million USD)

2. France (38.3 million USD)

3. Belgium (16.7 million USD)

4. Germany (11.1 million USD)

5. Gabon (10.7 million USD)

6. Russia (6.9 million USD)

7. Malaysia (6.6 million USD)

8. Poland (5.1 million USD)

9. Belarus (5.0 million USD)

10. Netherlands (1.4 million USD)

11. Switzerland (1.1 million USD)

12. Peru (0.2 million USD)

Railway Sleeper Exports By Country

The U.S. (326K tonnes) was the main exporting country with an export of around 326K tonnes, which amounted to 37% of total exports. Poland (140K tonnes) occupied the second position in the ranking, followed by France (81K tonnes), and the Netherlands (49K tonnes). All these countries together occupied near 30% share of total exports. Belgium (33K tonnes), Russia (31K tonnes), Belarus (19K tonnes), Malaysia (19K tonnes), Switzerland (19K tonnes), Germany (19K tonnes), Gabon (17K tonnes), and Peru (16K tonnes) held the minor share of total exports.

Exports from the U.S. increased at an average annual rate of +6.8% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, Belarus (+58.4%), Poland (+48.7%), Peru (+32.9%), the Netherlands (+13.2%), Gabon (+6.1%), Malaysia (+3.1%), and Switzerland (+3.0%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Belarus emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +58.4% from 2007-2016. By contrast, Belgium (-2.1%), France (-3.1%), Germany (-5.6%), and Russia (-12.6%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. From 2007 to 2016, the share of Russia, and France increased by 8%, and 3% percentage points, while Peru (-1.6%), Belarus (-2.1%), the Netherlands (-3.7%), Poland (-15.4%), and the U.S. (-16.5%) saw their share reduced. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the U.S. ($156M) remains the largest railway sleeper supplier in the world, making up 51% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($38M), with the share of 12% of global exports. It was followed by Belgium, with the share of 5%.

In the U.S., railway sleeper exports expanded at an average annual rate of +10.3% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual rates: France (-0.7% per year) and Belgium (+1.9% per year).

Railway Sleeper Export Prices By Country

The average railway sleeper export price stood at $348 per tonne in 2016, shrinking by -4.4% against the previous year. Overall, railway sleeper export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2008, when it surged by 24% y-o-y. Global railway sleeper export peaked of $432 per tonne in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was Gabon ($647 per tonne), while Peru ($12 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of railway sleeper export prices was attained by Germany (+6.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Railway Or Tramway Sleepers (Cross-Ties) Of Wood - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025