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NAHB 2018 International Builders’ Show®: January 2018

NAHB 2018 International Builders’ Show®: January 2018

For the three days of the annual National Association of Home Builders 2018 International Builders’ Show® (IBS) last week, building industry professionals from across the globe discovered a variety of products and innovative concepts that are sure to enhance their businesses moving forward. For all of 2017, the US construction industry added 210,000 jobs, a 35 per cent increase over 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics January 5. Even in December, with much of the nation frozen, the…

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Williams Lake, BC, Sawmill Post-Fire Rebuild

Williams Lake, BC, Sawmill Post-Fire Rebuild

Work is underway at Tolko Industries’ Lakeview Division in Williams Lake, BC, where the sawmill building was damaged by fire at the beginning of November. The Tolko board has approved the sawmill’s reconstruction, said Tom Hoffman, Tolko’s manager of external and stakeholder relations to the Quesnel Observer Tuesday. Williams Lake Sawmill Rebuild Tolko’s manager of external and stake-holder relations, Tom Hoffman, said to the Quesnel Observer Tuesday the company is trying to keep on as many employees as possible to…

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US Trade Entanglements

US Trade Entanglements

Madison’s has word from US Customs Brokers working the border that — upon requesting clarification from Customs and the DoC — it seems that, at least for now, shake and shingles are also captured in the highly punitive US softwood lumber CV and AD duties. As the bizarre US newsprint trade claim against Canada last week started to come into effect, documents were released this week with details of the Canadian appeal to the World Trade Organization against continued US…

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Canadian Forest Industry: Oct 2017

Canadian Forest Industry: Oct 2017

A flurry of full-year 2016 and October data for Canada’s forest products industry was released by Statistics Canada just before the end of last year. Manufacturing industry, including logging, and GDP by industry data is now out. Canada Forest Industry: October 2017 Total revenues reported by Canadian manufacturers increased to $664 billion in 2016, up 0.9 per cent or $6 billion from 2015, said Statistics Canada December 12. This follows a decline of $5 billion (-0.8 per cent) in 2015….

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North American Forest Industry Back to Regular Operations: Jan 2018

North American Forest Industry Back to Regular Operations: Jan 2018

Just as Madison’s predicted not three weeks ago, demand for solid wood products continues fierce in 2018 and prices are showing signs of further strength in the months to come. It almost seemed like in 2017 lumber prices didn’t have a usual seasonal low; as follow-through of strong demand after US Thanksgiving kept manufactured wood products moving briskly out of North American sawmills. This boosted prices off what would historically be noticeable drops. As Madison’s expected in the last issue…

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Canadian Forest Industry: Oct 2017

Canadian Forest Industry: Oct 2017

A flurry of full-year 2016 and October data for Canada’s forest products industry was released by Statistics Canada just before the end of last year. Manufacturing industry, including logging, and GDP by industry data is now out. Canada Forest Industry: October 2017 Total revenues reported by Canadian manufacturers increased to $664 billion in 2016, up 0.9 per cent or $6 billion from 2015, said Statistics Canada December 12. This follows a decline of $5 billion (-0.8 per cent) in 2015. Total expenses were relatively unchanged, down $203 million…

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US on Forestry Import Duty Frenzy

US on Forestry Import Duty Frenzy

In addition to Canadian supercalendered paper and softwood lumber, Canadian newsprint is now also being subject to an import duty from the US. As well, the US and China are currently in a fight over paper and cellulose pulp, levying duties on each other for respective domestic imports. Published on the US Federal Register Wednesday was a Final Determination from the International Trade Commission (the final final duty rates and conditions), finding Canada at fault. As expected. However the paperwork…

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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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