PORTLAND, Ore. June 4, 2010. A total of
208.5 million board feet of softwood logs and 119.5 million board
feet of softwood lumber was exported from Washington, Oregon, northern
California, and Alaska in January, February, and March of this
year, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest
(PNW) Research Station.
The volume of softwood log exports was up 43.8 percent from 145.0
million board feet in the first quarter of 2009, while the volume
of softwood lumber exports was up 75.7 percent from 68.0 million
board feet,” said Debra Warren, an economist with the station.
Warren compiled the statistics from the U.S. International Trade
Commission and annually authors Production, Prices, Employment,
and Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, a publication that provides
current information on the region’s lumber and plywood production
and prices and employment in the forest industries. The first quarter
report will be published soon and available online at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/publications/index.shtml.
Other highlights of this year’s first quarter:
Some 82.4 million board feet (39.5 percent) of the
first quarter 2010 west coast log exports went to Japan, 69.5
feet (33.3 percent) went to South
Korea, 6.6 million board feet (3.2 percent) went to Canada, and 48.4 million
board feet (23.2 percent) went to China.
Log exports from Oregon and Washington
totaled 191.5 million board feet, up 40.1 percent from the 2009
first quarter volume
of 136.7 million board feet. A total of 408 thousand board feet
of logs was exported from northern California, down from 864
thousand board feet in the first quarter of 2009. Alaska exported
of 16.6 million board feet in the first 3 months of 2010, compared
with 7.4 in the first quarter of 2009.
Douglas-fir accounted for
53.6 percent of these log exports; western hemlock, 22.1 percent;
spruce, 7.8 percent; and other softwoods,
The total value of log shipments was $201.3 million
at the port of exportation, and the average value was $965.30
board feet. Douglas-fir averaged $674.01 per thousand board feet;
hemlock, $544.94; spruce, $292.85; and other softwoods, $2,167.06.
Some 50.7 million board feet (42.4 percent) of the west
coast first quarter softwood lumber exports in 2010 went to
Canada, 34.1 million board feet (28.5
percent) went to Japan, 3.8 million board feet (3.2 percent) went to
Indonesia (mostly yellow-cedar from San Francisco), 4.9 million
board feet (4.1 percent)
went to the Philippines, 3.6 million board feet (3.0 percent) went to
South Korea, 9.7 million board feet (8.1 percent) went to China,
and 3.8 million
board feet (3.2 percent) went to Taiwan.
Lumber exports from Oregon and
Washington totaled 115.6 million board feet, up 53.8 percent
from the 2009 first quarter volume
of 62.2 million board feet. A total of 3.7 million board feet
was exported from northern California, compared with 5.6 million
feet in the first 3 months of 2009. Alaska exported 0.2 million
board feet of lumber during the first quarter of 2010, compared
with 0.1 in the first quarter of 2009.
Douglas-fir accounted for
48.6 percent of these exports; cedars, 9.0 percent; western
hemlock, 18.6 percent; and other softwoods,
The total value of lumber shipments was $76.1 million
at the ports of exportation, and the average value was $627.26
board feet. Douglas-fir averaged $737.79 per thousand board feet;
cedars, $911.74; western hemlock, $367.65; and other softwoods,
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.