PORTLAND, Ore. September
1, 2011. A total of 569.2 million board feet of softwood logs and
232.2 million board feet of softwood lumber were exported from
the West coast in April, May, and June, according to the U.S. Forest
Service’s Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station.
The volume of softwood log exports was up 37.8 percent from 413.1
million board feet in the first quarter of 2011, while the volume
of softwood lumber exports was up 3.3 percent from 224.9 million
board feet,” said Debra Warren, a research economist with the
Compared to the first half of 2010, 2011 log and lumber exports
through June of this year increased 79 and 83 percent, respectively.
sharp increase is due mostly to the high demand for logs and lumber
Warren, who compiled the statistics from the U.S. International
Trade Commission, annually authors Production, Prices, Employment,
Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, a publication that provides
current information on the region’s lumber and plywood production
and prices as well as employment in forest industries. The 2010
report is available online at http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/38431.
Other highlights of this year’s second quarter:
- Log exports from Oregon and Washington totaled 505.2 million
board feet, up 75.1 percent from the 2011 first quarter volume
million board feet. A total of 18.8 million board feet of logs
was exported from northern California, up from 9.9 million board feet
in the first quarter of 2011. Alaska exported a total of 45.2
million board feet in the second quarter of 2011, compared with
the first quarter of 2011.
- Some 403.7 million board feet (70.9 percent) of
the second quarter 2011 West coast log exports went to China,
board feet (14.6 percent) to Japan, and 78.3 million board feet
(13.8 percent) to South Korea.
- Douglas-fir accounted for 55.6
percent of these log exports; western hemlock, 28.9 percent;
spruce, 11.1 percent; and other
softwoods, 4.4 percent.
- The total value of log shipments was $393.8
million at the ports of exportation, and the average value was
thousand board feet. Douglas-fir averaged $836.57 per thousand
board feet; hemlock, $537.14; spruce, $325.78; and other softwoods,
Total Log Exports for the First 6 Months of 2010 and
2011 (in million board feet)
||982.2 = 79.0% increase
- Lumber exports from Oregon and Washington
totaled 201.3 million board feet, down 5.7 percent from the 2011
first quarter volume
of 213.5 million board feet. A total of 31.0 million
board feet was exported from northern California, compared with
board feet in the first quarter of 2011.
- Alaska exported
no lumber during the first half of 2011.
- Some 95.4 million board
feet (41.1 percent) of the second quarter 2011 West coast softwood
lumber exports went to China,
55.7 million board feet (24.0 percent) to Canada, 42.6 million
board feet (18.3 percent) to Japan, 3.9 million board feet (1.7
percent) to South Korea, 3.8 million board feet (1.6 percent)
to the Philippines, 3.3 million board feet (1.4 percent) to Indonesia,
and 2.4 million board feet (1.1 percent) to Australia.
accounted for 40.5 percent of the second quarter 2011 softwood
lumber exports; cedars, 3.0 percent; western hemlock,
14.5 percent; and other softwoods, 42.0 percent.
- The total value
of lumber shipments was $148.6 million at the ports of exportation,
and the average value was $639.80
per thousand board feet. Douglas-fir averaged $708.98 per thousand
board feet; cedars, $1,193.95; western hemlock, $617.34; and
other softwoods, $541.47.
Total Lumber Exports for the First 6 Months of 2010 and 2011 (in
million board feet)
||457.1 = 83.0% increase
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.