BC Softwood Lumber Exports: October 2017

BC Softwood Lumber Exports: October 2017

Softwood lumber exports by value from British Columbia are up 0.2 per cent for 2017 year- to-date October compared to the same period in 2016 ($11.64 billion vs. $11.62), said the Log Export and Economic Analysis Branch of the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations December 13. Lumber value is down -6 per cent, while volumes are down -14 per cent. In terms of value by destination country, China is up 11 per cent as is Japan,…

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Back to Full Operation for North American Forest Products Industry

Back to Full Operation for North American Forest Products Industry

Kiln-Dried Fir Softwood Lumber Sales Momentum Loss: December 2017 As in green fir, consistent and strong demand for Kiln-Dried Douglas-fir softwood lumber continued to come out of California – particularly the Southern part of the state – but overall it wasn’t enough to keep producers from lowering their asking prices. Players in the US intimated that the weaker prices had to do, at least in part, with an influx of Canadian dry fir that mills in the Great White North…

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Seasonal Holiday Break for North American Forest Industry

Seasonal Holiday Break for North American Forest Industry

And what a year it has been, holey moley. Sawmills across Canada and the US will hardly get a chance to assess this wild year as year- end inventory in their yards is calculated before the New Year 2018, with it’s punishing softwood lumber duty, comes on. It is usual for the entire province of Québec — log harvesters, haulers, sawmills, and lumber transporters alike — to take a full two-week break over the holiday season. Often it is during…

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Canada and US Softwood Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity: Sept 2017

Canada and US Softwood Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity: Sept 2017

US sawmills produced 25.509 billion board ft. (bbf) of softwood lumber in the first nine months of 2017, another 3.2 per cent increase over last month, from 24.730 bbf in the previous year, according to the Western Wood Products Association’s latest Lumber Track report Monday. For their part, sawmills in Canada produced 21.374 bbf of softwood lumber in January to September this year, a drop of -1.4 per cent from 21.413 bbf for the same time in 2016. Apparent US…

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One More Week Before Traditional Forestry Holiday Break

One More Week Before Traditional Forestry Holiday Break

But expect the lumber business to come back with a bang right at the beginning of 2018, just as it was in January this year. The US International Trade Commission December 7 released a pre-announcement of it’s looming Final Determination on Canadian imports of manufactured softwood lumber products to the USA. This timing means that these duties will take effect right at the beginning of 2017. Some small adjustments were made in individual company duty rates. Current Softwood Lumber Prices…

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Canada Softwood Lumber WTO Case

Canada Softwood Lumber WTO Case

Even in advance of the final US International Trade Commission determination, Canada’s Foreign Trade Ministry formally requested World Trade Organization (WTO) consultations with the United States concerning the US Department of Commerce’s recent final softwood lumber anti-dumping and countervailing duty determinations on imports of certain products from Canada, said Woodworking.net November 27. Canada that Tuesday formally opened a case against the United States at the World Trade Organization over a recent Commerce Department decision to impose duties on Canadian lumber…

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Year-End for North America’s Lumber Industry Arrives with a Bang

Year-End for North America’s Lumber Industry Arrives with a Bang

As sawmills across Canada and the US start to make their usual year-end curtailment and maintenance upgrade plans, producers look forward to a New Year 2018 as busy as it was this year. These current high lumber prices have everyone boggling their minds, but it’s likely there will be some shocks coming at the start of next year as those prices could climb even higher. Ongoing sustained strong demand — extremely unusual for this time of year — and the…

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Cross-Laminated Timber, LVL, Glulam, and other Structural Laminates

Cross-Laminated Timber, LVL, Glulam, and other Structural Laminates

 A bridge made of engineered wood; specifically, cross-laminated timber! Even Madison’s hadn’t expected such anon-traditional application of forest products as a building material. Researchers at South Dakota State University’s J Lohr Structures Lab have tested the strength of a glulam bridge as part of a push to give counties and towns more options when designing new bridges or replacing old ones. BRIDGES MADE FROM GLULAM Glulam is making its way from buildings to bridges, becoming a cost-effective, viable and sustainable…

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New Paper Product Category Standards

New Paper Product Category Standards

FPInnovations, in collaboration with The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), announced Thursday it has developed a Product Category Rules (PCR) for North American market pulp, paper and paperboard products, tissue, and containerboard manufacturers. This PCR allows North American pulp, paper, tissue, and containerboard manufacturers to communicate the environmental footprints of their products in compliance with international standards. Standardizing Paper Product Categories FPInnovations announced Thursday it has developed a Product Category Rules…

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Strong Softwood Lumber Prices Plus Duties for Canada : 3Q 2017

Strong Softwood Lumber Prices Plus Duties for Canada : 3Q 2017

The 3Q 2017 issue of Madison’s Forest Pulse is almost ready to be sent to subscribers! Don’t miss out on this vital and timely information. Much is being made of current high softwood lumber prices, as opinions abound about the near-future supply-demand balance. Forestry has been a seller’s market from the very beginning of this year, and all signs point to continued, ongoing strong wood demand in the US for real building projects. This week Madison’s takes a look at…

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