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May : The Global Forest Industry in the 1Q/2012

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25 May, 2012

  • The Global Conifer Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) declined in the 1Q/12 for the third consecutive quarter to $85.90/m3, down 2.7 percent from previous quarter.  
  • the Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) fell by 0.4 percent from 4Q/11 to $1104.8/odmt, which was a continuation of a declining trend that started 3Q/11.
  • The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) was down 3.5 percent from 4Q/11 to US$109.67 and down seven percent since its all-time-high  in 3Q/11. 
  • During the first four months of 2012, hardwood pulp (BHKP) prices have increased faster than softwood pulp (NBSK) prices.
  • After a sharp decline in global demand for lumber in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the global recession, global trade of softwood lumber increased an estimated 25 percent over the past two years.
  • Lumber prices in the US and Canada have gone up most of this year, reaching their highest levels since early 2011.
  • Softwood lumber imports to China were up three percent in the 1Q/12 as compared to the 1Q/11Pellet exports from North America to Europe reached a new record high in the 4Q/11.
  • Pellet exports from North America to Europe reached a new record high in the 4Q/11.
  • Pellet prices in Germany, Austria and Sweden moved up slightly during the winter months

Download original PDF document: The Global Forest Industry Update 1Q/2012