The import and export trade of forest products is growing rapidly, and the import growth is higher than the export growth making trade deficit further expended. The aggregate trade value of imports and exports of forest products reached USD 27.738 billion, of which the export value of forest products was USD 12.236 billion and the export value was USD 15.502 billion, and the trade deficit of the imports and exports of forest products was USD 3.266 billion.
The predominance of wood forest products has been weakened gradually in the imports of forest products but further enhanced in the exports. In 2003, the proportion of wood forest products in the total imports and exports of forest products was lowered as compared with 2002. Among the export of forest products, wood and non-wood forest products accounted for 66.17% and 33.83% respectively, and the proportion of wood forest products increased as compared with 2002; among the imports of forest products, wood and non-wood forest products accounted for 76.76% and 23.24% respectively.
The market share of imports and exports of forest products is highly concentrated in a few Asian and North American countries and regions America, and the exports were more regionally concentrated than imports. In 2003, among all the continents, Asia had the biggest share in the total export of forest products (48.07%) and followed by North America (31.48%); the biggest shares in the total import were Asia (49.77%) and Europe (19.21%).