Exports soared by 45%, and China became the largest furniture country of origin in Germany

Exports soared by 45%, and China became the largest furniture country of origin in Germany

According to the data of German Furniture Association (VDM) quoted by German media, in the first six months of this year, German furniture imports increased by 23%, of which China’s furniture export trade to Germany increased by 45%, reaching the level of 1.5 billion euros, replacing Poland as the most important country of origin of furniture in Germany so far. At present, almost one third of the furniture imported by Germany comes from China. Another 27% of imports are made in Poland.

There are three main reasons for the current situation:

  1. Although the sales volume of German furniture industry reached 8.4 billion euros in the first half of this year, with a year-on-year increase of 4.3%, the lifting of the blockade in Germany was later than that in most EU countries, so the growth level was due to the 10% increase in EU exports. In fact, Germany was only 1.5%, mainly due to the secondary blockade in Germany.

According to VDM, the German furniture industry will not reach the pre crisis level until the middle of 2023. This year, the industry expects sales to reach only the level of the first year of the crisis.

Exports soared by 45%, and China became the largest furniture country of origin in Germany

  1. Because Germany has been closed for a long time, German people need to quickly buy desks, office chairs or shelves for home offices, and they can only go online and care about high quality and low price, so Chinese products are favored. According to the German E-Commerce Association bevh, the sales of furniture, lamps and decorations on the Internet increased by 27.4% in the second quarter alone. Office supplies increased by 22.9%.
  2. On the one hand, in 2019 before the epidemic, China ranked first with a furniture output value of 180.9 billion US dollars, becoming the main force of furniture production in the Asia Pacific region. Thanks to the high-quality development of China’s furniture industry, among the top ten furniture export countries in 2019, China still leads and ranks first, accounting for about 35% of the world’s total exports.

Exports soared by 45%, and China became the largest furniture country of origin in Germany

Data source: CSIL

According to the data of the General Administration of customs, China’s furniture export reached US $58.4 billion in 2020, a year-on-year increase of 11.8%. Overseas furniture manufacturing industry was affected by the epidemic, and production and supply were seriously affected. On the contrary, China’s epidemic situation was well controlled. Chinese enterprises took the lead in returning to work and production. The integrity and stability advantages of the industrial chain were prominent, and gradually accepted orders from Europe, America, Japan and other countries. From January to July 2021, China’s furniture and parts exports reached US $40.926 billion, a year-on-year increase of 47.20%.

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