PORTLAND, Ore. February 25, 2010. A total
of 697.3 million board feet of softwood logs was exported from
Washington and Oregon in 2009, according to data released by the
U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station.
During the same period, the two states exported a total of 344.2
million board feet of softwood lumber.
“This volume of softwood log exports was down 10.2
percent from the 2008 volume of 776.3 million board feet, while
the volume of
softwood lumber exports was up 17.5 percent from 293.0 million
board feet,” said Debra Warren, an economist with the station.
Warren compiled the data from the U.S. International Trade Commission
and will publish it later this year, as she does annually, in Production,
Prices, Employment, and Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, a
bulletin that provides current information on the region’s
lumber and plywood production and prices and employment in the
Other highlights of the 2009 calendar year include:
- Oregon and Washington imported 84.3 million board
feet of softwood logs in
- Some 368.4 million board feet (52.8 percent) of the 2009 log
exports went to Japan, 247.9 million board feet (35.6 percent)
went to South
board feet went to Canada, 70.7 million board feet (10.1 percent) went
to China, and 1.4 million board feet went to Taiwan.
- Douglas-fir accounted
for 64.1 percent of these log exports; western hemlock, 20.8
percent; and other softwoods made up the remaining 15.1
- The total value of log shipments was $429.1 million at the
port of exportation, and the average value was $615.42 per
averaged $667.17 per thousand board feet; hemlock, $573.65; and
other softwoods, $453.95.
The average value of logs imported during 2009 was $367.53 per
thousand board feet.
- Oregon and Washington imported 1.1 billion board
feet of softwood lumber in 2009, mostly from Canada.
- Some 111.6
million board feet (32.4 percent) of the 2009 softwood lumber
exports went to Japan, 123.9 million board feet (36.0
percent) went to
Canada, 29.2 million
board feet (8.5 percent) went to the Philippines, 8.8 million
board feet (2.6 percent) went to South Korea, 22.2 million
China, 10.5 million board feet (3.1 percent) went to Taiwan,
3.0 million board feet
went to Australia, and 4.4 million board feet went to Vietnam.
accounted for 51.2 percent of these lumber exports; western
hemlock, 14.0 percent; and other softwoods made up
the remaining 34.8
- The total value of lumber shipments was $223.7 million
at the ports of exportation, and the average value was
$649.86 per thousand
$762.11 per thousand board feet; western hemlock, $446.43;
and other softwoods, $566.49. The average value of softwood
during 2009 was
$414.49 per thousand board feet.
The PNW Research Station is headquartered in Portland,
Oregon. It has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska,
about 425 employees.