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Lucrative log export markets in China have resulted in a tripling of softwood log export volumes from Australia

Lucrative log export markets in China have resulted in a tripling of softwood log export volumes from Australia

Timberland owners in Australia are increasingly exploring opportunities for the exportation of logs as an alternative to selling logs in the domestic market. From 2012 to 2016, the export volume was up 300%, and 2017 is likely to set a new record high, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Rising log prices in the export market have been the key drivers of the increase in exports. Conversely, prices in the domestic market have stagnated the past few years.

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Production cost margins for sawmills in Brazil, Russia and Finland have fallen during the first half of 2017

Production cost margins for sawmills in Brazil, Russia and Finland have fallen during the first half of 2017

Production cost margins for sawmills in Brazil, Russia and Finland have fallen during the first half of 2017, while they increased to their second highest level in 13 yea...

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Increased demand for softwood lumber worldwide has pushed lumber prices upward, particularly in the US and China during the first half of 2017

Increased demand for softwood lumber worldwide has pushed lumber prices upward, particularly in the US and China during the first half of 2017

Global Lumber Trade

International trade of softwood lumber is on pace to a new record high in 2017 if the trend from the first six months of 2017 continues in the second h...

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The Global Forest Industry in the 2Q/2017

The Global Forest Industry in the 2Q/2017

Global Timber Markets

  • Sawlog prices were up quarter-over-quarter in practically all regions of the world in the 2Q/17. The biggest increases were seen in Central and Easte...
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Wood raw-material costs for European pulpmills continued to slide in early 2017 to reach their lowest levels in over five years

Wood raw-material costs for European pulpmills continued to slide in early 2017 to reach their lowest levels in over five years

The European pulp industry has become much more competitive in the international pulp and paper market the past five years with wood fiber costs, which account for 55-65%...

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Sawlog prices in Brazil have gone up over the past 12 months after five years in decline

Sawlog prices in Brazil have gone up over the past 12 months after five years in decline

Sawlog prices in Brazil have gone up over the past 12 months after five years in decline and the expectations are that the recent upward trend will continue for the remai...

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The fiber costs for pellet plants in North America have trended downward the past year

The fiber costs for pellet plants in North America have trended downward the past year

The fiber costs for pellet plants in North America have trended downward the past year with the US and Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices reaching their lowest level...

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The total value of logs exported from New Zealand in the 1Q/17 was almost three times as high as the value of exported lumber

The total value of logs exported from New Zealand in the 1Q/17 was almost three times as high as the value of exported lumber

Over 50% of the timber harvest in New Zealand is being exported in log form. However, some sawmills in the country have taken advantage of the growing demand for softwood...

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Wood fiber costs for pulpmills throughout the US fell during 2016 and early 2017 with the price discrepancy between the Northwest and the Southern states narrowing

Wood fiber costs for pulpmills throughout the US fell during 2016 and early 2017 with the price discrepancy between the Northwest and the Southern states narrowing

Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in the US Northwest have fallen faster than in other region of the US the past year, resulting in a more competitive industry sector, repor...

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