Jul 22, 2012
Wood fiber costs, which can account for up to 70 percent of the production costs for a pulpmill, fell in many markets during early 2012, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. The biggest declines were seen in Western Canada, Europe and Brazil..
Jul 18, 2012
Wood costs for many European pulp mills have fallen the past six months as the pulp market has weakened. In the Nordic countries, pulplog and wood chip prices have fallen 11-15 percent from last spring, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.
Jul 05, 2012
Exports of wood pellets from North America to Europe reached a record of over two million tons in 2011, according to analysis reported in the North American Wood Fiber Review.
Jun 01, 2012
International trade of softwood lumber increased in 2011 after two years of decline. Imports were up to China, Japan, Spain and South Korea while they fell in the US, the UK, France and Egypt.
Apr 25, 2012
China’s demand for logs and lumber fell in 1Q because of their slowing housing market, as reported in the WRQ. Lately, North American log and lumber exporters have increased their market share at the expense of exporters in Russia and New Zealand.
Apr 03, 2012
Weakening lumber markets in Asia and Europe reduced demand for sawlogs in many countries late last year. As a result, log prices in a number of the major lumber-producing countries in the world fell during the second half of 2011, report the WRQ.
Mar 19, 2012
Wood costs for pulp mills and sawmills in Brazil have gone up over the past few years, reaching their highest levels in over 20 years in 2011, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.
Mar 01, 2012
Global trade of wood chips has gone up substantially the past two years. Export from Chile, Uruguay and Brazil was up 43% in 2011 compared to 2009. A clear majority of the increase was Eucalyptus chips destined for pulp mills in Japan and Europe.
Feb 29, 2012
Export tariffs on logs shipped from Russia, the world largest log supplier, are set to be reduced as the country becomes a member of the WTO. The proposed new lower tariffs are not expected to increase export volumes to pre-tariff levels, says WRQ
Feb 03, 2012
Reduced activities in the housing construction sector in China decreased imports of softwood logs and lumber in late 2011. Despite the decline, imports during 2011 reached a record, making China the largest importer of logs and lumber in the world.