PRICES REFLECT JANUARY 17, 2020 ISSUE OF MADISON’S LUMBER REPORTER
BENCHMARK 2×4 Kiln Dried R/L #Construction #Framing #North #American #Softwood #Lumber and Panel Prices Graphs: January 17, 2020
Western SPF: USA Ruminate
- After encouraging sales volumes at the start of 2020, Western Spruce-Pine-Fir demand was dampened down last week by frigid weather across North America.
- Softwood lumber prices mostly stayed firm thanks to bare field inventories and comparatively low overall production volumes.
- WSPF sawmills in the Pacific Northwest struggled to keep equipment running optimally – or at all – as temperatures plunged.
- Sawmill order files were into late January or early February, with shipping times adding up to two weeks depending on the source.
Softwood Lumber Prices Weekly Benchmark Lumber Prices Graph: January 20, 2020
Western SPF: Canada Abides
- Canadian producers of Western-Spruce-Pine-Fir softwood lumber commodities reported another steady week of sales and inquiry, even as the weather in British Columbia and Alberta turned extra wintery.
- Demand was solid for most Standard (#2&Btr) and Utility (#3) dimension items.
- Sawmill order files were “at least” into the week of February 3rd.
- Railcar supply was horrible as the cold set in, with many sawmills not receiving their first set of cars until after midweek. While northern sawmills simply got none.
- Since forest roads remained frozen, lumber producers were busy building log decks in advance of spring breakup.
Standard Construction Framing North American Dimension Softwood Lumber and Panel Prices: Wholesale Price January 20, 2019 (net FOB mill North America)