The vast majority of hardwood plywood exported from the United States is produced to customer order. The availability of face veneers depends on the availability and suitability of the various US hardwood species. For information on the availability of sliced veneers please refer to the table on page 8 of this publication. The availability of hardwood species as rotary veneer differs from that of sliced veneer. The main rotary species in terms of volume production are red oak, white oak, maple and birch. Most species can be peeled although it is not very practical to peel hard species like hickory. The higher value species, such as cherry and walnut, where the growing resource is limited, are also hardly ever peeled. Logs suitable for high quality veneer applications are almost always sliced.
American hardwood plywood can be obtained in export markets through specialised importers and distributors.