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

Industrial Wood May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

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

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Railway Or Tramway Sleepers (Cross-Ties) Of Wood - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, approx. 1.8M tonnes of railway sleeper were imported worldwide- moving up by 3% against the previous year level. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% from 2007 to 2016- however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, when import increased by 10% from the previous year level. Global railway sleeper import peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the near future.

In value terms, railway sleeper imports stood at $336M in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.4% over the period from 2007 to 2016- however, the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being observed in certain years. Global railway sleeper import peaked of $350M in 2015, falling back in the following year.

Top Railway Sleeper Importing Countries in the World

1. Canada (125.4 million USD)

2. France (19.4 million USD)

3. Belgium (16.3 million USD)

4. Mexico (15.6 million USD)

5. United Kingdom (15.5 million USD)

6. Germany (13.8 million USD)

7. USA (3.6 million USD)

8. Netherlands (2.5 million USD)

9. Poland (2.0 million USD)

10. Russia (1.0 million USD)

11. Austria (0.1 million USD)

Railway Sleeper Imports By Country

In 2016, the U.S. (326K tonnes), Canada (263K tonnes), and the Netherlands (211K tonnes) were the largest importers of railway sleeper in the world, making up 45% of total import. Poland (140K tonnes) ranks second globally in railway sleeper imports with a 8% share, following Russia (6%), and France (6%). The following importers - Belgium (42K tonnes), Germany (36K tonnes), the UK (34K tonnes), Mexico (34K tonnes), and Austria (34K tonnes) took near 10% of total imports, each.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of railway sleeper imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Poland (+48.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Canada ($125M) constitutes the largest market for imported railway sleeper worldwide, making up 37% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($19M), with the share of 6% of global imports. It was followed by Belgium, with the share of 5%.

From 2007 to 2016, the average annual growth rate of value of railway sleeper imports in Canada expanded at +12.0%. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: France (+3.1% per year) and Belgium (+2.5% per year).

Railway Sleeper Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for railway sleeper amounted to $187 per tonne, waning by -7.0% against the previous year. Overall, railway sleeper import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when it surged by 23% year-to-year. Global railway sleeper import peaked of $229 per tonne in 2011- however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was Canada ($478 per tonne), while Austria ($3 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of railway sleeper import prices was attained by Russia (+27.7% 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