PRICES REFLECT May 19, 2017 ISSUE OF MADISON’S LUMBER REPORTER
Kiln Dried Fir Languorous
• Wholesalers and distributers had no major issues moving dry fir lumber this week. Discounts and other accommodations were necessary to keep a good flow, but “adequate” volumes moved all week. Some producers had more trouble securing orders than others as they maintained higher prices levels that buyers walked away from.
• Cheap Doug-fir studs out of Canada made that aspect of the market “sloppy” according to traders. Meanwhile, low grade tumbled back down $15 to $305 following its “day in the sun” last week.
• Players noted that vans were easy to find, rail cars were fair to middling, while truck availability was only worthy of expletives. Sourcing rigs was apparently a huge hassle, with trucks flowing fine one day and then the next traders couldn’t get a flatbed for love nor money.
• ESPF panel dealers had a slow week, largely due to unceasing precipitation in many important consuming-regions of Eastern Canada. Both plywood and OSB came off, then climbed back up to levels still below last week’s print.
• WSPF plywood “bounced down” in price and then back up after most buyers had taken care of their immediate needs. Order files were into the week of June 5th. OSB yo-yoed down and up too; producers claimed bookings as far out as plywood, but players thought that was a stretch.