Continuing to recover to the higher levels seen in March, for April 2021 softwood lumber production volumes in the United States and Canada increased yet more. Sawmill capacity utilization rates in the United States and in Canada improved substantially.
Showing more improvement after the gains in March, for January to April 2021 softwood lumber production in the US again gained, up by +4.5% from the first four months of 2020, says the latest issue of the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track.
US lumber production volumes were 12,593 mmfbm compared to the first four months of 2020 when it was 12,048 mmfbm. Looking at the month of April against March 2021, US softwood lumber production was 3,355 mmfbm in April 2021 compared to 3,331 mmfbm in March 2021.
After extended terrible drops for the past year, softwood lumber production in Canada rebounded spectacularly in January to April 2021, up +16%, to 8,450 mmfbm, compared to the first four months of last year when it was 7,295 mmfbm.
Specifically in British Columbia — which accounts for 50% of Canadian lumber manufacturing and sales — sawmill production volumes for January to April 2021 once again jumped by +25%, to 3,355 mmfbm, compared to the same time last year when it was 2,689 mmfbm.
North America Softwood Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity Utilization, WWPA: April 2021
US sawmill production as a per cent of practical capacity for the first four months of this year improved to 88%, compared to the same time in 2020 when it was 83%, said the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track.
Bouncing back closer to normal historical levels, Canadian sawmill production as a per cent of practical capacity rose yet more in January to April 2021, to 84% compared to one year ago when it was a tragic 72%.