West coast lumber exports to China nearly doubled in fourth quarter
Over half of the West coast’s log exports shipped to
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Portland, OR: February 19, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. Feb.
19, 2013. Lumber exports to China from Washington, Oregon, northern
California, and Alaska rebounded in the fourth quarter of 2012,
jumping to 89.4 million board feet, an increase of 97.2 percent
compared to the third quarter of the year, according to the U.S.
Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. At the
same time, total lumber exports to all countries from the West
coast increased about 21 percent, from 185.6 million board feet
in the third quarter of 2012 to 224.2 million board feet.
China continues to maintain a dominant position in the log export
market,” said Xiaoping Zhou, a research economist with the
station who compiled the data. “Over 271 million board feet,
or 60 percent of the West coast’s log exports, were shipped
to China during the fourth quarter of 2012.”
total log exports from the West coast were over 4.4 percent higher
than they were in 2011 because of a 19-percent
in shipments to China.
Other highlights of 2012:
- The total value of lumber exported through the West coast
increased about 17 percent to $156 million in the final quarter
of 2012, while
the total value of exported logs increased over 19 percent to
- The total 2012 volume of logs exported from the
West coast represents
about 60 percent of the total U.S. log export;
- The total 2012
volume of lumber exported from the West coast represents about
29 percent of the total U.S. lumber export.
Zhou compiled the
statistics using data from the U.S. International Trade Commission
and Production, Prices, Employment, and Trade
in Northwest Forest Industries, an annual station publication
current information on the region’s lumber and plywood
production as well as the trade of forest products and employment
industries. To read the most recent version of Production, Prices,
Employment and Trade online, visit http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/42384.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland,
Oregon—generates and communicates scientific knowledge that
helps people make informed choices about natural resources and the
environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers located
in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 390 employees.