EIA: US pellet exports to Europe double

By Staff | September 18, 2014

Data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates U.S. wood pellet exports nearly doubled last year. In 2012, the U.S exported an estimated 1.6 million short tons of pellets (approximately 22 trillion Btu). By 2013, the volume increased to 3.2 short tons.

Information released by the EIA notes that more than 98 percent of U.S. pellet exports were delivered to Europe last year, and 99 percent of those exports originated from ports in the southeastern and lower Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.

The U.K. accounted for the 59 percent of U.S. wood pellet exports in 2013. According to the EIA, the U.K. more than tripled import volumes from the U.S. between 2012 and 2013. In 2009, the U.K. imported almost no wood pellets. By last year, the country imported 3.5 million short tons from all sources. Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy are also significant European importers of U.S. wood pellets.