Sweden: Softwood lumber exports in Q1 2009

  • June 11, 2009
  • • Source: SFIF
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Sweden softwood lumber exports have slightly increased to 2.8 million sq.m. in the first quarter of 2009 compared with the same quarter of the previous year (+0.5%). The favourable impact of the exchange rate for the Swedish wood industry was noticeable. Average prices have dropped about 14% to 1783 SEK/m3 (169.1 € / m3) for all soft lumber assortments. Planed soft lumber prices declined by 18.7% to 1852 SEK/m3 (175.7 €/m3). In March, pine lumber (raw-rough) reached an average price of 1802 SEK/m3 (171 € / m3, -7.2%) and spruce lumber 1656 SEK/m3 (157.1 € / m3, -4.4%). However, these price reductions will not continue. The processing of 2005’s storm wood from underwater storage is over. The forest administration raised log prices. By the end of May, Central European sawmills had also reported a decrease in pricing pressure from Scandinavia.


Country I-III
2008 (m3)
I-III
2009 (m3)
Change
(%)
Great Britain 683.200 618.700 -9.44%
Netherlands 249.200 253.800 +1.85%
Egypt 238.600 240.300 +0.71%
Germany 215.700 235.600 +9.23%
Denmark 270.000 232.100 -14.04%
Japan 111.500 198.300 +77.85%
France 162.600 179.800 +10.58%
Norway 218.700 157.400 -28.03%
Algeria 62.800 136.600 +117.52%
Morocco 54.400 83.800 +54.04%
Belgium 77.300 78.500 +1.55%
USA 20.100 62.500 +210.95%
Spain 91.100 53.600 -41.16%
Ireland 62.700 49.4200 -21.53%
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