PRICES REFLECT January 12, 2018 ISSUE OF MADISON’S LUMBER REPORTER
Kiln Dried Fir Limited
Struggling raw log supply made it hard for buyers to shore up their strapped inventories with Kiln- Dried Douglas-fir lumber this week. To hear traders tell it, labour, not weather, was the biggest problem in fibre supply currently. Not only was there a profound lack of truckers to convey finished loads to market, bush crews were getting smaller and smaller as folks retire with no one to replace them. Finding people willing to go out to the sticks and haul logs was no easier.
- While logistical and labour problems abounded, there was no shortage of demand for dry fir, especially for 2×4 and 2×6 R/L. Supply of studs was “hit- and-miss”; buyers got their fill of eight-footers while nines and tens were “vanishingly rare”.
Western and Eastern Spruce-Pine-Fir and Southern Yellow Pine East Side Softwood Lumber Prices: January 15, 2018
Standard Construction Framing OSB and Plywood North American Softwood Panel Prices: Wholesale Price Jan 15, 2018 (net FOB mill North America)
Oriented Strand Board and Plywood : January 15, 2018
A freezing climate over the past week and a half severely slowed down construction activity and panel consumption in Eastern Canada. Warm weather descended around Wednesday of this week and ESPF sheet goods started flowing again – well, at least plywood did. OSB was still “meandering”, with order files no more than two weeks out. Meanwhile, plywood mills were apparently booked into the week of February 12th.
Buyers of WSPF panels continued to sit on their hands this week as OSB remained flat and plywood moved up in price. Secondaries still didn’t believe the alleged four-week order files that plywood mills claimed, but most had to reluctantly secure the odd load to keep their inventories afloat.
Western Spruce-Pine-Fir KD 2×4 #2&Btr 20 Years Graph: Wholesale Softwood Lumber Prices JAN 15, 2018
Madison’s Weekly Key Softwood Lumber and Panel Prices Chart: Wholesale Softwood Lumber Prices JAN 15, 2018