Excerpts from the 3Q 2011 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly
The Global Conifer Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) declined in the 3Q for the first time since the 1Q/09 to $90.18/m3.
the Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) fell by less than one percent to $108.90/odmt, which was the first decline since 2Q/10
The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) rose for the fifth quarter in a row, reaching $117.91/odmt, an increase of 14 percent since early last year.
A number of the largest lumber-consuming countries in the world imported less lumber in the 3Q.
Some of these countries included the US, the UK and Germany.
The fast increase in lumber imports to China seen earlier in the year slowed down during the fall.
Softwood lumber imports to Japan are up nine percent so far this year.
Prices for woody biomass, whether it was sawmill byproducts, forest residues or urban wood waste, were lower in 2011 than the previous two years in most regions throughout the US.
Pellet prices in Sweden fell for the first time in almost three years. In Germany and Austria, pellet prices only changed a few Euros.
The full article can be found in the attached PDF file…..
Hakan Ekstrom, Wood Resource Quarterly