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Log, lumber exports from west coast decrease during first 3 months of 2009



 

USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station

Portland, OR: June 05, 2009

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Source: Debra Warren, (503) 808-2001, dwarren@fs.fed.us

Media assistance: Sherri Richardson-Dodge, (503) 808.2137

PORTLAND, Ore. June 5, 2009. A total of 145.0 million board feet of softwood logs and 68.0 million board feet of softwood lumber was exported from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska in the first 3 months of 2009 according to a report published by the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station, USDA Forest Service.


“ The volume [of softwood log exports] was down 27.5 percent from 200.0 million board feet in the first quarter of 2008, while the first-quarter volume [of softwood lumber] was down 11.7 percent from the 2008 first-quarter total of 77.0 million board feet,” says Debra Warren, an economist at the PNW Research Station.


Warren is the author of “Production, Prices, Employment, and Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, All Quarters 2008,” 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:

(Softwood log exports)
Some 88.2 million board feet or 60.8 percent of the first quarter 2009 west coast log exports went to Japan, 45.2 million board feet or 31.2 percent went to South Korea, 0.1 million board feet or 6.8 percent went to Canada, 25.0 million board feet or 17.2 percent went to China, and 0.1 million board feet went to Taiwan.


Log exports for the first quarter of 2009 from Oregon and Washington totaled 136.7 million board feet, down 24.2 percent from the 2008 first quarter volume of 180.4 million board feet. A total of 864,000 board feet of logs was exported from northern California, up from 450,000 board feet in the first quarter of 2008. Alaska exported a total of 7.4 million board feet in the first 3 months of 2009, compared with 19.2 in 2008.


Douglas-fir accounted for 67.2 percent of these log exports; western hemlock, 13.8 percent; and spruce, 3.4 percent; other softwoods made up the remaining 15.6 percent.


The total value of log shipments for the first 3 months of 2009 was $99.5 million at the port of exportation, and the average value was $686.08 per thousand board feet. Douglas-fir averaged $765.90 per thousand board feet; hemlock, $566.23; spruce, $281.16; and other softwoods, $540.33.


(Softwood lumber exports)
Some 15.4 million board feet or 22.6 percent of the west coast first-quarter softwood lumber exports in 2009 went to Canada, 26.1 million board feet or 38.4 percent went to Japan, 5.0 million board feet or 7.4 percent went to Indonesia (yellow-cedar from San Francisco), 9.1 million board feet or 13.4 percent went to the Philippines, 2.8 million board feet or 4.2 percent went to South Korea, and 3.0 million board feet or 4.4 percent went to China.


Lumber exports for the first quarter of 2009 from Oregon and Washington totaled 62.2 million board feet, down 8.7 percent from the 2008 first quarter volume of 68.1 million board feet. A total of 5.6 million board feet was exported from northern California, compared with 8.8 million board feet in the first 3 months of 2008. Alaska exported 0.1 million board feet of lumber during the first quarter of 2009, compared with zero in the first quarter of 2008.


Douglas-fir accounted for 57.6 percent of the first quarter 2009 softwood lumber exports; cedars, 7.4 percent; and western hemlock, 5.9 percent; other softwoods made up the remaining 29.1 percent.


The total value of first quarter 2009 lumber shipments from the west coast was $52.0 million at the ports of exportation, and the average value was $764.62 per thousand board feet. Douglas-fir averaged $787.99 per thousand board feet; cedars, $941.27; western hemlock, $807.18; and other softwoods, $662.11.


The full report will be published soon and will be available online in July at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/publications/index.shtml

 

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