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Softwood Lumber Demand Remains High as Supply Chain and Sawmill Production Changes are Ongoing

Softwood Lumber Demand Remains High as Supply Chain and Sawmill Production Changes are Ongoing

There were more questions than answers last week as US and Canadian softwood lumber demand remained high but stocking wholesalers and resellers struggled with issues around the need to quarantine and keep social distance for their staff. Sawmills and lumber producers were often occupied with customers who were trying to cancel, or even get refunds on, orders already made. The Canadian federal government as well as most US states deemed lumber and other construction material as “essential” — meaning these…

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Madison’s Extends Data Coverage …. New Prices Added

Madison’s Extends Data Coverage …. New Prices Added

Since autumn 2019 Madison’s embarked on the exciting task of adding a wide range of new North American softwood lumber and panel price coverage to our regular list of commodities. By January 2020 we were satisfied with the credibility and accuracy of the new price gathering. Shortly, within a few weeks, these new prices will be available along with all the prices currently accessed by Madison’s subscribers. To view the historical price sheet and softwood lumber commodity prices regularly covered by Madison’s Lumber Reporter until now, please…

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Madison’s Extends Data Coverage …. New Prices Added

Madison’s Extends Data Coverage …. New Prices Added

Since autumn 2019 Madison’s embarked on the exciting task of adding a wide range of new North American softwood lumber and panel price coverage to our regular list of commodities. By January 2020 we were satisfied with the credibility and accuracy of the new price gathering. Shortly, within a few weeks, these new prices will be available along with all the prices currently accessed by Madison’s subscribers. To view the price sheet and softwood lumber commodity prices regularly covered by Madison’s Lumber Reporter until now,…

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Softwood Lumber Prices Waffle as Demand Stays Strong but Supply-Chain Issues Cause Delivery Delays

Softwood Lumber Prices Waffle as Demand Stays Strong but Supply-Chain Issues Cause Delivery Delays

This week the full effect of response to the virus contagion has reached the North American softwood lumber market: in general it is business-as-usual, however transportation is proving to be both a problem and a blessing. North America Construction Framing Softwood Lumber Prices: March 13, 2020 Madison’s intrepid lumber market analyst is right now doing the usual Thursday softwood lumber market survey of Canadian and US sawmills and secondary suppliers (reloads, stocking wholesalers, etc). The next update for subscribers will…

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Madison’s Weekly Softwood Lumber Price Graphs: Mar 17, 2020

Madison’s Weekly Softwood Lumber Price Graphs: Mar 17, 2020

PRICES REFLECT MARCH 13, 2020 ISSUE OF MADISON’S LUMBER REPORTER BENCHMARK 2×4 Kiln Dried R/L #Construction #Framing #North #American #Softwood #Lumber and Panel Prices Graphs: March 13, 2020 Western SPF: USA Concern Western Spruce-Pine-Fir purveyors in the United States described a “super-cautious” lumber market last week as worries about the Coronavirus reached a fever pitch. Softwood lumber producers froze their asking prices and held order files around three weeks out, hoping to wait out the current panic among buyers. A…

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North America Softwood Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity Utilization, WWPA: December 2019

North America Softwood Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity Utilization, WWPA: December 2019

North America Softwood Lumber Production: Jan – Dec 2019 The latest issue of the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track, for January-December 2019, shows US lumber production volumes up more than 1% over the previous year, to 35,319 mmfbm. January – December softwood lumber production in Canada continued big drops compared to 2018, falling more than -10%, to 24,432 mmfbm. In full-year 2018 it was 27,282 mmfbm. Canada and US Sawmill Capacity Utilization, WWPA: December 2019 US sawmill production…

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Madison’s Resumes Website and Social Media

Madison’s Resumes Website and Social Media

Explanation for lack of website updates for the past month: On February 16, 2020 Madison’s suffered a “severe seizure” (Doctors’ and neurologist’s description) and — despite being taken to Emergency immediately — could have easily died. Placed in a coma for 7 days, followed by 7 days in hospital and undergoing every single test possible. It turns out there is nothing wrong with me, however there are several months of specialist follow-ups and other such medical necessities. During this time,…

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North America Softwood Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity Utilization, WWPA: November 2019

North America Softwood Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity Utilization, WWPA: November 2019

North America Softwood Lumber Production: Jan – Nov 2019 Last year started out pretty flat but by 3Q 2019 North American softwood lumber production recovered nicely, says the latest issue of the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track, for January-November 2019. The latest data shows US lumber production volume improving enough to match the same time last year, to 32,612 mmfbm. As most of last year, January – November softwood lumber production in Canada continued big drops compared to…

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Utility-Grade Lumber Prices Jump, Forestry Labour Stoppage Resolved, Sawmill Capacity Utilization Improves

Utility-Grade Lumber Prices Jump, Forestry Labour Stoppage Resolved, Sawmill Capacity Utilization Improves

What a month for Big News in forestry February 2020 has been so far; with last week’s US Commerce Dept announcement of preliminary lowered softwood lumber duties on Canadian wood imports, and just this week a potential resolution to the extremely long-lasting forestry labour disruption on British Columbia’s west coast.As well this week the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track shows Canadian sawmill capacity utilization starting to recover from brutal lows in the first half of 2019, while in…

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