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First breakbulk ship from Brazil set

to dock in Bremerhaven in early February

Plans that emerged in autumn 2021 for the first breakbulk shipment of elliotis pine plywood from Brazil to Europe have been fleshed out in recent weeks. Preliminary talks had been held since as far back as October. At the beginning of December,... more


US sawnwood prices

above US$1,000 again

Prices in contracts for the benchmark grade of western spruce pine fir (WSPF) KD R/L 2x4 #2&Btr on the US sawn-softwood market at the beginning of 2022 have risen above the mark of US$1,000/1,000 bdft again. Data from CME Group of Chicago,... more

Slight decline registered in white oak prices in USA

A temporarily higher availability of kiln-dried white-ok sawnwood at US sawmills and concentration yards at the end of 2021 and the first few days of this year has led to a greater willingness to grant concessions on prices. As a result of the... more

Chilean lumber exports decline again

In the third quarter of 2021, Chilean exports of rough-sawn radiata pine lumber decreased by 23% vis à vis the preceding year to 504,853 m³ (July-Sept. 2020: 658,038 m³). This meant that exports were also below the volume... more

China’s phytosanitary regulations for pine updated

The General Administration of Customs China, GACC, updated the phytosanitary import requirements for pine roundwood and sawnwood again on 20 December 2021. The more stringent import regulations known since October and aimed at protecting... more

Price trend confirmed by further whitewood contracts

Scandinavian shippers were able to get the budgeted volumes planned for the first quarter under contract with central European customers by the beginning of 2022. The prices that shippers and customers had already agreed on in the contracts... more

Virtually no change in softwood lumber production

In the third quarter of 2021, a total volume of 5.047m m³ (July-Sept. 2020: 5.024m m³) rough-sawn softwood lumber was produced in Germany, corresponding to an increase of 0.4% vis à vis the preceding year. Much stronger growth... more

Sharp reduction in German softwood-sawlog exports

2.125m m³ (July-Sept. 2020: 3.510m m³) of softwood sawlogs were exported from Germany during the course of the third quarter 2021, roughly 39% less than in the same quarter of last year. At 806,527 m³ (1.203m m³) and 1.318m... more

Chile: decline for plywood exports continues

Chile exported a total volume of 113,049 t (July-Sept. 2020: 123,419 t) radiata pine plywood in the third quarter of 2021. Thus, a decline vis à vis the preceding year’s figure was recorded once again, in this instance of 8.4%.... more

EU starts settlement

of duty-free quota

On 11 January 2022, the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union began settlement of the duty-free quota for softwood plywood imports into the 27 remaining EU member states following the withdrawal of Great... more

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