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Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17

Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17

Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17 and rising lumber export prices in Sweden, Finland and Russia as lumber demand picks up in key markets

Global Lumber Trade

Demand for imported softwood lumber to the US has fallen by six percent during the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. In contrast, Chinese import volumes have been up 21% year-over-year.

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The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2017

The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2017

Global Timber Markets

  • Sawlog prices were up in most regions of the world in the 3Q/17. The price increases from the 2Q/17 were generally smaller in the local currencies th...
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Sawmills and pulpmills in the US Northwest have been struggling to build log inventories for the winter season because of the unusually long fire season this year

Sawmills and pulpmills in the US Northwest have been struggling to build log inventories for the winter season because of the unusually long fire season this year

Increased competition for small-diameter logs in the four states of the US Pacific Northwest has resulted in a higher share of logs being consumed by sawmills, thus leavi...

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Roughly half of all hardwood chips traded in the Pacific Rim have been destined for Chinese ports in the 1H/17 with Vietnam and Australia being the major suppliers

Roughly half of all hardwood chips traded in the Pacific Rim have been destined for Chinese ports in the 1H/17 with Vietnam and Australia being the major suppliers

Pulpmills in China and Japan continue to rely on large volumes of imported hardwood wood chips from a number of countries around the Pacific Rim. The biggest changes in t...

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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...

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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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