PRICES REFLECT May 10, 2019 ISSUE OF MADISON’S LUMBER REPORTER
BENCHMARK 2×4 Kiln Dried R/L #Construction #Framing #North #American #Softwood #Lumber and Panel Prices Graphs: May 10, 2019
Western SPF: USA Treading Water
- While Western Spruce-Pine-Fir lumber trading in the United States was “decent” last week according to players, everyone felt like it was just another week of waiting for the market to break through with a proper spring rush of activity.
- Most sawmill reported order files remained around two weeks out, with the odd size or tally a week further or nearer.
- A quickly-contained fire broke out at Columbia Forest Products’ plant near Klamath Falls, OR, May 3. No employees were injured and no operations curtailed due to the blaze, which was extinguished by the company’s frontline suppression efforts.
Western SPF: Equable
- Demand issued “steadily” from US markets all week for Canadian producers of Western SPF lumber, but the general tone was one of anticipation as players continued to wait for an uptick in activity that should have come weeks ago.
- Prevailing sawmill order files were item-dependent: one- to two-weeks on 2×4, two- to three-weeks on 2×8, and “quicker” on 2×6 and 2×10.
- Canfor’s week-long production curtailment of its British Columbia sawmills ended on Monday of this week as workers got back on the job. The company’s production capacity was reduced by roughly 100 million board feet by the shutdowns, or 2.6 per cent of Canfor’s total capacity of 3.8 billion board feet.
Softwood Lumber Prices Weekly Benchmark Lumber Prices Graph: May 2019
Standard Construction Framing North American Dimension Softwood Lumber and Panel Prices: Wholesale Price May 13, 2019 (net FOB mill North America)