PORTLAND, Ore. September 4, 2009. A total
of 239.5 million board feet of softwood logs and 80.2 million board
feet of softwood lumber was exported from Washington, Oregon, northern
California, and Alaska in April, May, and June of this year, according
to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station.
The volume of softwood log exports was up 65.2 percent from the
first-quarter volume of 145 million board feet, while the volume
of softwood lumber exports was up 17.9 percent from 68 million
board feet,” said Debra Warren, an economist with the station.
Warren compiled the statistics from the U.S. International Trade
Commission and authors Production, Prices, Employment, and Trade
in Northwest Forest Industries, an annual publication that provides
current information on the region’s lumber and plywood production
and prices and employment in the forest industries. The 2009 edition
of the report, which will include data from all quarters of this
year, will be published in 2010.
Other highlights of the second
(Softwood log exports)
- Some 109.5 million board feet (45.7 percent)
of the second quarter 2009 west coast log exports went to Japan,
(36.2 percent) went to South Korea, 37.0 million board feet
(15.4 percent) went to China, 4.4 million board feet (1.8 percent)
went to Taiwan, and 0.7 million board feet (0.03 percent)
went to Canada.
- Log exports for the second quarter of 2009 from
Washington totaled 189.5 million board feet, up 38.6 percent
from the first
quarter volume of 136.7 million board feet. A total of
2.6 million board feet of logs was exported from northern California,
from 0.9 million board feet in the first quarter of 2009.
a total of 47.4 million board feet in the second quarter
of 2009, compared with 7.4 in the first quarter.
accounted for 51.6 percent of these log exports; western hemlock,
23.4 percent; spruce, 17.3 percent; and
other softwoods made up the remaining 7.7 percent.
- The total
value of log shipments for the second quarter of 2009 was $139.2
million at the port of exportation,
average value was $581.01 per thousand board feet.
$653.60 per thousand board feet; hemlock, $564.98;
spruce, $381.08 (in Alaska); and other softwoods, $469.28 (in
Oregon and Washington).
(Softwood lumber exports)
- Some 28.3 million board feet (35.3 percent)
of the west coast second quarter softwood lumber exports
in 2009 went
23.1 million board feet (28.8 percent) went to
Japan, 9.1 million board feet (11.3 percent) went to the
Philippines, 3.7 million
board feet (4.6 percent) went to Indonesia (mostly
cedar from San Francisco), 5.7 million board feet
and 1.3 million board feet (1.6 percent) went to
- Lumber exports for the second quarter of 2009 from
Oregon and Washington totaled 75.8 million board feet, up 21.9
the 2009 first quarter volume of 62.2 million board feet. A total
of 4.5 million board feet was exported from northern California,
compared with 5.6 million board feet in the first 3 months of
2009. Alaska exported no lumber during the second quarter of
with 0.1 million board feet in the first quarter of 2009.
accounted for 48.5 percent of the second quarter 2009 softwood
lumber exports; western hemlock and cedars, each
13.1 percent; and other softwoods made up the remaining 25.3
- The total value of second quarter 2009 lumber shipments
from the west coast was $53.7 million at the ports of exportation,
the average value was $666.45 per thousand board feet. Douglas-fir
averaged $768.30 per thousand board feet; western hemlock, $450.83;
cedars, $821.02; and other softwoods, $512.99.
To view the 2008 edition of Production, Prices, Employment, and
Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rb258.pdf.
The PNW Research Station is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
It has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Oregon,
and Washington and about 425 employees.