The global flow of softwood logs from countries with a surplus of wood rawmaterial to regions with tight, or costly log supply, and higher consumption of forest products continued to expand for the third consecutive year in 2018.
Pulpwood prices in North America were 5-10% higher in the 1Q/19 than the 1Q/18, with prices in the US South having increased the most due to challenging weather conditions, as reported by the North American Wood Fiber Review
WRI’s global wood fiber prices indices reached four-year highs in the 4Q/18 as the costs for wood chips and pulplogs have moved upward in most of the 19 world regions tracked by the Wood Resource Quarterly
China is continuously exploring new sources of softwood logs around the world. Minor log exporters, such as Japan, Poland, Chile and South Africa all expanded their shipments to China in 2018, reports the WRQ.
Declining Trade of Softwood Lumber, Plummeting Lumber Prices in the US and Slowing Wood Demand in China were Some of the Biggest International Lumber Developments in the 3Q/18, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly
Wood fiber costs for the pulp industry have trended upward in most regions of North America throughout 2017 and 2018, with the biggest increases occurred in British Columbia and US Northwest, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review
Canada will continue to be a major supplier of softwood lumber to the US in the next decade, with the export volume from the Eastern provinces being forecasted to increase substantially, according to a study by ForestEdge and WRI
Log and wood chip supply has been tight for sawmills and pulpmills in Sweden in 2017 and first half of 2018 as the forest industry has been running in high gear and forest fires have restricted log flows