PORTLAND, Ore. May 30,
2013. Lumber exports from the West coast decreased 7 percent in
the first quarter of 2013 according to a Forest
Service research economist. Log exports increased by 16 percent:
from 362 million board feet in the first quarter of 2012, to
420 million board feet in the first quarter of 2013. The total
value of log exports increased more than 27 percent, from $232
million to $297 million.
Meanwhile, lumber exports dropped by
16 million board feet in the first 3 months of 2013 compared
to the same time last year.
“The West coast lumber merchants exported 218 million board
feet of lumber in the first quarter of 2013 compared to 234 million
board feet in the first quarter of 2012,” said Xiaoping Zhou,
a research economist with the agency’s Pacific Northwest
Research Station. “The value of first quarter 2013 exports
fetched $153 million compared to $156 million in 2012. ”
compiled the statistics from the U.S. International Trade Commission
and from Production, Prices, Employment, and Trade
in Northwest Forest Industries, a station publication that
provides current information on the region’s lumber and plywood
production as well as employment in forest industries.
• Total U.S. log exports increased by 11 percent in the
first quarter of 2013. The dollar value also increased by 12 percent
over the first quarter of 2012.
• Total U.S. lumber exports increased by 2 percent (from
731 to 747 million board feet). The value increased by 8 percent
in first quarter of 2013 compared to the same time in 2012.
• West coast log exports from Alaska, Oregon, northern California,
and Washington, totaled about 420 million board feet in the first
quarter of 2013. Oregon and Washington supplied 91 percent of these
• During this same time period, about 88 percent, or 192
million board feet of the West coast lumber export, was from Oregon
The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland,
Oregon—generates and communicates scientific knowledge
that helps people make informed choices about natural resources
the environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers
located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 390 employees.