Global Forest Industry This Quarter

27 May 2012

The Global Conifer Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) declined in the 1Q/12 for the third consecutive quarter to $85.90/m3, down 2.7 percent from previous quarter.  

 the Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) fell by 0.4 percent from 4Q/11 to $104.88/odmt, which was a continuation of a declining trend that started 3Q/11.

 The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) was down 3.5 percent from 4Q/11 to US$109.67 and down seven percent since its all-time-high  in 3Q/11.

 During the first four months of 2012, hardwood pulp (BHKP) prices have increased faster than softwood pulp (NBSK) prices.

 After a sharp decline in global demand for lumber in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the global recession, global trade of softwood lumber increased an estimated 25 percent over the past two years.

 Lumber prices in the US and Canada have gone up most of this year, reaching their highest levels since early 2011.

 Softwood lumber imports to China were up three percent in the 1Q/12 as compared to the 1Q/11

Pellet exports from North America to Europe reached a new record high in the 4Q/11.

 Pellet exports from North America to Europe reached a new record high in the 4Q/11.

 Pellet prices in Germany, Austria and Sweden moved up slightly during the winter months

 

The Global Conifer Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) declined in the 1Q/12 for the third consecutive quarter to $85.90/m3, down 2.7 percent from previous quarter.  

 the Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) fell by 0.4 percent from 4Q/11 to $104.88/odmt, which was a continuation of a declining trend that started 3Q/11.

 The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) was down 3.5 percent from 4Q/11 to US$109.67 and down seven percent since its all-time-high  in 3Q/11.

 During the first four months of 2012, hardwood pulp (BHKP) prices have increased faster than softwood pulp (NBSK) prices.

 After a sharp decline in global demand for lumber in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the global recession, global trade of softwood lumber increased an estimated 25 percent over the past two years.

 Lumber prices in the US and Canada have gone up most of this year, reaching their highest levels since early 2011.

 Softwood lumber imports to China were up three percent in the 1Q/12 as compared to the 1Q/11

Pellet exports from North America to Europe reached a new record high in the 4Q/11.

 Pellet exports from North America to Europe reached a new record high in the 4Q/11.

 Pellet prices in Germany, Austria and Sweden moved up slightly during the winter months