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Global softwood lumber prices trended upward in early 2017

Global softwood lumber prices trended upward in early 2017

Global softwood lumber prices trended upward in early 2017 with prices in North America hitting a 13-year high, Chinese import prices increasing 13% in 18 months and Japanese prices moving modestly higher in the 1Q/17, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly

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The Global Forest Industry in the 1Q/2017

The Global Forest Industry in the 1Q/2017

Global Timber Markets

  • The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was up 0.3% quarter-over-quarter in the 1Q/17. This was only the second time in almost three years that the GSPI i...
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Increased lumber imports to the US from Europe, New Zealand and Latin America expected in 2017

Increased lumber imports to the US from Europe, New Zealand and Latin America expected in 2017

Increased lumber imports to the US from Europe, New Zealand and Latin America expected in 2017 with US lumber prices reaching 13-year highs and Canadian lumber being hit ...

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Sawmills in Quebec and Ontario are running at record high levels, resulting in difficulty finding outlets for generated residuals

Sawmills in Quebec and Ontario are running at record high levels, resulting in difficulty finding outlets for generated residuals

Record high production at sawmills in Ontario and Quebec in 2016 has generated large volumes of residues in the two provinces, reports the North American Wood Fiber Revie...

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New record high for globally traded wood chips in 2016 with the Pacific Rim accounting for 70% of total imports followed by Finland, Sweden and Turkey

New record high for globally traded wood chips in 2016 with the Pacific Rim accounting for 70% of total imports followed by Finland, Sweden and Turkey

Over the past 15 years, global trade of wood chips has gone up almost 75%, mainly because of major expansion of pulp capacity in China, reports the Wood Resource Quarterl...

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Almost 50% of the fiber feedstock for wood pellet plants in the US South was industry and forest residues in the 1Q/17, up from 33% five years ago

Almost 50% of the fiber feedstock for wood pellet plants in the US South was industry and forest residues in the 1Q/17, up from 33% five years ago

Wood pellet manufacturers in both the US and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fiber costs and take advantage of less utilized fiber sources,...

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Global trade of softwood lumber has gone up 66 percent in seven years, while lumber prices have fallen substantially over the same time-period

Global trade of softwood lumber has gone up 66 percent in seven years, while lumber prices have fallen substantially over the same time-period

Global Lumber Trade

Global softwood lumber trade increased 12 percent year-over-year to reach a new recordhigh of 121 million m3 in 2016, per estimates by WRI. Since the g...

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The Global Forest Industry in the 4Q/2016

The Global Forest Industry in the 4Q/2016

Excerpts from the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com)

Global Timber Markets

  • With a few exceptions, sawlog prices were lower throughout the world in the 4Q/16 than ...
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Strong demand for wood in China in the second half of 2016 resulted in both record high imports of softwood lumber and logs, and increased import prices

Strong demand for wood in China in the second half of 2016 resulted in both record high imports of softwood lumber and logs, and increased import prices

Softwood lumber imports to China increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2016, reaching a new all-time high of 21 million m3, 21% higher than in 2015, reports the Wo...

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