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June 9, 2012

Global sawlog price index down almost 9%

The global sawlog price index in the 1Q/12 was down almost nine percent from early 2011, with Europe experiencing the biggest decline in prices, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

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March 14th, 2012

Growing criticism of B.C.’s raw log exports

British Columbia‘s Forest Minister Steve Thomson has rejected the recommendations his own Timber Export Advisory Committee dozens of times in the past 3 months, resulting in millions of dollars worth of raw logs being sent to Asia

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March 2nd, 2012

« Forestry finds backed in investment press Hardwood prices increased in final quarter of 2011

The latest Hardwood Wood Fibre Price Index, which is for the final three months of 2011, shows that hardwood prices rose by 5 per cent compared with the same quarter the year before.

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March 7, 2012

Eucalyptus and pine log prices in Brazil close to all-time high

Eucalyptus and pine log prices in Brazil close to all-time highs in the 4Q/11, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly Wood costs for pulp mills and sawmills in Brazil have gone up over the

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February 29, 2012

Global sawlog prices fell in late 2011

Global sawlog prices fell in late 2011, especially in lumber export-oriented countries such as Western Canada, Finland, Sweden, Russia and New Zealand, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. 

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January 31, 2012

China is now the world’s largest importer of softwood lumber and logs

Reduced activities in the housing construction sector in China decreased importation of softwood logs and lumber in late 2011, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

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January 27th, 2012

Global sawlog prices fall for first time since 2009

With weaker demand for lumber around the world, sawlog prices fell in a majority of the 21 markets tracked by the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The Global Conifer Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) declined in the 3Q for the first time since the 1Q/09.

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October 31, 2011

Other sources of softwood logs for China

SEATTLE, WA, Okt. 31, 2011 (RISI) - Note to RISI readers who may feel that we are becoming the "All China -- All the Time" channel: I really did have another subject in mind for this Viewpoint, on South America, but then I received an interesting email from Lithuania and got a bit side-tracked.

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November 10, 2011

China s Hunger for Wood Raw Material Pushes Timber Prices Upward Increasing

Seattle, WA, October 20, 2010 -- Continued increases in demand for wood raw-material from sawmills, plywood plants and pulp mills in China has pushed domestic log prices upward and many Chinese companies are increasingly exploring the opportunities of importing more logs and wood chips to supplement the domestic fiber sources.

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New Zealand’s log exports to China account for one-third of country’s timber harvest in 2011

Log exportation from New Zealand continues to rise at a record pace, with almost one-third of the country’s timber harvest being processed at sawmills in China. The high demand for logs from overseas has increased domestic sawlog prices to their highest levels in 15 years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.  


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