Continuing flat, as last month, the latest issue of the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track, for January-September 2019, shows US softwood lumber production volume still basically flat from from the same time last year, to 26,616 mmfbm.
Like last month, January – September softwood lumber production in Canada continued big drops since the beginning of this year, once more falling -11%, to 18,608 mmfbm, compared to the first nine months of 2018 when it was 20,889 mmfbm.
In British Columbia specifically, major sawmill curtailments brought another huge drop in production volumes, for Jan – Sept 2019 plummeting almost -21%, to 7,625 mmfbm, from 9,601 mmfbm in the first nine months of 2018.
North America Softwood Lumber Production, WWPA: Sept 2019
US sawmill production as per cent of practical capacity for the first nine months of 2019 dropped quite a bit compared to the same time in 2018; at 83%, from 86% in 2018, Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track,
For January-September 2019, Canadian sawmill production as per cent of practical capacity kept falling off a cliff, to land at 80% from 89% the previous year.