PORTLAND, Ore. March 2, 2009. A total of 776.3 million board feet of softwood logs was exported from Washington and Oregon in 2008. “This volume was up 15.4 percent from 673.0 million board feet in 2007,” says Debra Warren, an economist at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service. “During this same time period, Oregon and Washington imported 171.4 million board feet of softwood logs.”
Warren is the author of “Production, Prices, Employment, and Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, All Quarters of 2007,” a publication produced by the PNW Research Station. This publication provides current information on lumber and plywood production and prices; employment in the forest industries; and international trade in logs, lumber, and plywood. It also provides volume and average prices of stumpage sold by public agencies. Data were retrieved from the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Other statistics found in the report are:
Some 464.7 million board feet or 59.9 percent of the 2008 west coast log exports went to Japan, 269.6 million board feet or 34.7 percent went to South Korea, 1.7 million board feet or 0.2 percent went to Canada, 23.4 million board feet or 3.0 percent went to China, and 3.9 million board feet or 0.5 percent went to Taiwan.
Log exports for the fourth quarter of 2008 from Oregon and Washington totaled 194.5 million board feet, up 28.6 percent from the 2007 fourth quarter volume of 151.3 million board feet. Douglas-fir accounted for 65.5 percent of these log exports; western hemlock, 15.0 percent; and other softwoods made up the remaining 19.5 percent.
The total value of log shipments from Oregon and Washington for 2008 was $518.1 million at the port of exportation, and the average value was $667.32 per thousand board feet. Douglas-fir averaged $780.53 per thousand board feet; hemlock, $532.04; and other softwoods, $392.05.
The average value of logs imported during 2008 was $378.60 per thousand board feet.
Read Warren’s report online at http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/30416