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Updated every other Thursday morning at 10:00 am (Pacific Time). Last update: March 16, 2017.
This contains a brief excerpt from the market report on North American export trading. The full market report in International provides analyses of U.S. and Canadian lumber and plywood products shipped into key markets, including Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The price guide contains prices of key wood products exported from the U.S. and Canada. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue of International.
Overall demand was steady with China and Japan driving export sales of S-P-F and OSB from Canada. Some suppliers reported an uptick in inquiries, as inventories thinned and buyers prepared for shipments to arrive while end users ramped up consumption. Possible duties on Canadian exports to the U.S. pervaded decision-making among buyers and suppliers. Some importers in China speculated that any duties might increase offerings from Canadian producers. The unresolved dispute caused producers to be increasingly cautious about their log supplies, which constrained offerings from U.S. suppliers of Douglas Fir clears and merchantable.
In The Latest Edition of RL International
- The U.S. Census Bureau revised import statistics measuring the flow of Canadian softwood lumber into the U.S. market last year. The revisions brought U.S. import figures in line with Canadian export data and resolved a discrepancy that lingered for much of 2016. U.S. softwood plywood imports hit a decade high in 2016.
- Canadian softwood exports in January; U.S. softwood exports in January, U.S. softwood lumber imports in January.