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November : The Global Timber and Forest Industry This Quarter - Wood Resource Quarterly

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30 November, 2012

The Global Forest Industry This Quarter

Excerpts from the 3Q 2012 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com)


  • The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell for the fifth consecutive quarter to $81.94/m3.
  • The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI), which is based in US dollars, was down another 0.5 percent from the 2Q/12 to US$100.05/odmt. Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) increased by $1.56/odmt from the 2Q/12 price to $106.44/odmt in the 3Q/12.
  • Softwood pulp (NBSK) prices have trended downward for more than a year from their record highs in the summer of 2011. Hardwood pulp (BHKP) prices have not experienced the same price fall as NBSK prices.
  • Despite the weakening markets for lumber, six of the ten largest lumber-exporting countries in the world have shipped more lumber this year than last year.
  • North American lumber production rose for the third straight quarter in the 3Q/12.
  • The importation of softwood lumber to China in September was down for the fourth consecutive month to 1.14 million m3, a decline of 14 % from September 2011. 
  • Pellet exports from the US South to Europe rose 13 % in the 2Q/12 from the previous quarter; almost a doubling in one year.

The full article can be found at our website.....HERE

Hakan Ekstrom
Wood Resources International LLC
Seattle, USA


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