PORTLAND, Ore. August
14, 2013. Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California,
and Alaska jumped about 28 percent in the second quarter of 2013
compared to the first quarter of this year, totaling 540 million
board feet, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific
Northwest Research Station. During the same time period, lumber
exports increased by 5 percent to 230 million board feet.
value of logs exported from the west coast in the second quarter
of 2013 increased about 34 percent to $398 million, while
the total value of lumber exported from the west coast increased
about 12 percent to $172 million, compared to the first quarter
Demand from China is the major reason for the increased log exports
we’re seeing,” said Xiaoping Zhou, a research economist
with the station who compiled the data.
In the second quarter of
2013, China imported 349 million board feet of west coast logs,
compared to 243 million board feet earlier in
the year. At west coast ports, 65 percent of outgoing logs and
35 percent of outgoing lumber were destined for China.
- Total U.S. log exports in the first half of 2013
increased by more than 20 percent compared to the same period
in 2012, while
increased by more than 27 percent;
- Total U.S. lumber exports in
the first half of 2013 increased by more than 6 percent compared
to the same period in 2012, while
the value increased about 12 percent;
- Sixty-six percent of total U.S. log exports
were shipped from west coast ports during the second quarter
of 2013, a 5-percent increase
compared to the second quarter of 2012;
- West coast lumber exports
during the second quarter of 2013 represented about 27 percent
of the total U.S. lumber export, which is nearly
the same share as in the second quarter of 2012.
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 employment in forest industries. The
report is available
online at http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/42384.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland, Ore.—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 400 employees.