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Price Guide Revisions

This section is updated periodically. Last update: March 20, 2017

Price Guide Revisions happen at minimum every 6 months, in April and October, or as needed due to changes in the market. The most recent price guide revisions are at the top of this page.


April 2017 Price Guide Revision

One change coming with April price guide update

One change in the Random Lengths Lumber Price Guide is coming with the April 7 issue.

A column for Inland Red Cedar #3&Btr boards graded on both faces will be added next to the traditional #3&Btr column on Page 7 of the 12-page weekly Random Lengths report.

This column of 1x4-1x12 prices will capture the market for a higher quality Cedar board that is more commonly produced today and generates a substantial premium to its traditional counterpart.

One change coming with April price guide update -- 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, March 20, 2017

Special Notice about April 2017 Price Guide Changes for Random Lengths EMS Database and Spreadsheet subscribers: This is a PDF version of the March 20, 2017 e-mail transmission to all Random Lengths Lumber EMS (Electronic Media Services) database and spreadsheet subscribers. The document includes information about retired, new, and changed item codes. Also available as a Word document titled: Price_Guide_Change_Information.doc.


October 2016 Price Guide Revision

Canadian Fir&Larch prices headline price guide update

Several updates and changes to the Random Lengths price guides are coming in early October.

Chief among them are new prices for Fir&Larch #2&Btr 2x4-2x10 from Canadian mills in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. This production competes directly in U.S. markets with Fir&Larch output from mills in the U.S. Inland region, as well as with Douglas Fir produced at U.S. mills in the Coast region.

These prices will be published in a column next to Inland Fir&Larch on Page 5 of the Lumber Price Guide, as well as on the Midweek Report.

Also on Page 5 and Midweek, prices for Stud grade in all Inland species will convert to #2/#2&Btr. A deduction for Stud grade will be published as a footnote. This change is a result of an evolution away from Stud grade to #2/#2&Btr.

In the Panel Price Guide, the top heading for particleboard and medium density fiberboard will be changed to “Composite Panels” to more accurately encompass all reported prices under this heading.

Canadian Fir&Larch prices headline price guide update -- 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time, September 20, 2016


April 2016 Price Guide Revision

Price guide will no longer track White Pine RWRL

Sales of Idaho White Pine in random width/random length loads were in vogue until the 1980s, but sales in recent years have been, just as in other species, much more specified.

With the next round of price guide changes taking effect with the April 8 issue, Random Lengths will no longer report Idaho White Pine RWRL prices for Sterling, Standard, and Utility grades on Page 7. No other changes to the price guides are planned.

Idaho White Pine in general has been less heavily traded, with only a handful of mills still cutting the species. A heavy share of sales historically shipped to the Northeast, where Eastern White Pine has captured market share. Buying or selling random width loads is foreign to many traders today.

“That’s how we always used to do everything in the ’80s to get rid of our tallies,” one source noted. “We didn’t have huge runs, and when you have a smaller run you don’t want to be stuck. We would run it and say, ‘Here’s the tally.’ The distributor would be the bulk breaker and take the credit risk.” 

Price guide will no longer track White Pine RWRL -- 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time, March 21, 2016


October 2015 Price Guide Revision

Changes to price guide coming in early October

Several changes to the Random Lengths lumber price guide are coming in early October.

On Page 5 of the 12-page report, Redding-based White Fir/Hem-Fir random dimension prices will change to a Northern California base. This change also will be reflected on these prices in the Midweek report.

Similarly, on Page 8, the Eureka base for green Douglas Fir 4-inch posts, beams, and timbers will change to a Northern California base. All of the above changes reflect a wider regional base of mill output.

A lack of production will result in a few deletions from the lumber price guide. On Page 5, the price for green Douglas Fir Select Structural 2x6 will be eliminated. On Page 7, prices for green Fir Util&Btr 1x4 and Std&Btr 1x6 will be retired.

Changes to price guide coming in early October -- 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time, September 14, 2015


May 2015 Price Guide Revision

Special Note for Database Subscribers:

IMPORTANT NOTICE for Random Lengths Lumber and Panel EMS (Electronic Media Services) database subscribers.
Random Lengths is making minor text changes in some of the item code descriptions, for clarity and consistency only. There are no new or retired item codes. As a database subscriber, we want you to be aware that new database description files have been created that include these minor text changes.

Special Notice about May 2015 Price Guide Changes for Random Lengths EMS Database subscribers: This is a PDF version of the May 6, 2015 e-mail transmission to all Random Lengths Lumber and Panel  EMS (Electronic Media Services) database subscribers. The document includes information about changed item codes.


April 2015 Price Guide Revision

One addition coming to Midweek

A single change is coming to the Random Lengths price guides in late March. In the Midweek Report, the Portland-rate price for green Douglas Fir #2&Btr 2x4 will be added, along with a price for this item delivered to the Northeast. The additions will be effective with the March 31 issue. The Std&Btr 2x4 price will be retained both in Midweek and in Random Lengths. No changes are planned for the weekly lumber or panel price guides.

One addition coming to Midweek -- 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time, March 16, 2015


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