Editor’s pickSFPA: Southern pine lumber exports up 18% in June

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Exports of Southern pine lumber increased in June, amounting to more than 77 million board feet (MMbf), an 18 per cent increase in volume compared to the same period last year, contributing to an overall year-to-date increase of 13 per cent when compared with the first six months of 2016.

According to the Southern Forest Products Association, offshore shipments during June roughly break down as follows: 40.4 MMbf dressed, 15.8 MMbf rough, and 21.3 MMbf treated lumber.

“We’ve seen continued growth in exports to China, led by SFPA members,” Jerry Hingle, international consultant for the Southern Pine Council, said. “There has also been strong growth in SP exports to new emerging markets in Southeast Asia and Central America. SPC began promotional efforts in those regions within the past couple of years and those efforts are paying off.”

Softwood lumber imports to the U.S. decreased in June, reaching 1.1 billion board feet (Bbf), an 11 per cent dip from the volume imported during June of 2016. Through the first six months of this year, softwood imports are up three percent when compared with the first six months of a year ago.