The U.S. Remains the Largest Exporter of Railway or Tramway Sleepers (Cross-Ties) Of Wood in the World, with $119M in 2014 Industrial Wood July 02, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department

The U.S. continued its dominance in the global wooden railway or tramway sleepers (cross-ties) trade. In 2014, the U.S. exported 208 thousand tonnes of wooden railway or tramway sleepers (cross-ties), totaling 119 million USD, 29% over the previous year. Its primary trading partner was Canada, where it supplied 80.6% of its total wooden railway or tramway sleepers (cross-ties) exports.

Overall, the global wooden railway or tramway sleepers (cross-ties) trade reached 215 million USD, with a CAGR of 5% from 2007 to 2014. In physical terms, it showed mixed dynamics, rising from 432 thousand tonnes in 2007 to 452 thousand tonnes in 2014.

Canada (46.5%), the UK (5.5%), Mexico (4.9%) and Brazil (4.9%) were the leading destinations of wooden railway or tramway sleepers (cross-ties) imports in 2014, together making up 61.8% of global imports. The share of Canada increased significantly (+23 percentage points), while the share of Germany and Spain illustrated negative dynamics (-4 percentage points).

In 2014, the U.S. and the Philippines were the main global suppliers of wooden railway or tramway sleepers (cross-ties) with a combined share of 63.4% of global exports. The fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014, however, were Poland (+66.7% per year) and Belarus (+63.9% per year). The U.S. was still able to significantly strengthen its position in the global export structure, from 36% in 2007 to 55% in 2014.

Source: World: Railway Or Tramway Sleepers (Cross-Ties) Of Wood - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020