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Rubber and Wood July 22, 2019 09:30:31 AM

Western U.S. Sawmills Lumber Output Dipped 2%

Paul Ploumis
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The production by Western U.S. sawmills totaled 4.797 bbf in Jan-Apr ’19, registering year-on-year decline of 1.8%.

Western U.S. Sawmills Lumber Output Dipped 2%

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The apparent softwood lumber consumption recorded significant surge in April this year. The Apr ’19 consumption was up by almost 5% from 4.180 billion board feet (bbf) in April 2018 to 4.387 bbf. Month-on-month, the consumption was up by 10%. The U.S. softwood lumber consumption during the initial four-month period has advanced by nearly 2% year-on-year from 15.676 bbf to 15.968 bbf.

The production by Western U.S. sawmills totaled 4.797 bbf in Jan-Apr ’19, registering year-on-year decline of 1.8%. The production at southern U.S. sawmills increased by 3% to 6.370 bbf. The production by U.S. sawmills increased marginally by 0.6% in April this year to total 3.044 bbf. Out of this, Western sawmills accounted for 1.258 bbf of production, whereas sawmills in the South contributed 1.642 bbf.

The Canadian lumber production dropped sharply during the first four months of 2019. The output was down by 8.8% from 9.421 bbf to 8.588 bbf over the previous year. The drop in production was led by the B.C. region, whose output registered notable decline by over 16% to 3.587 bbf.

The production totaled 2.206 bbf in April alone, down sharply by 9.4% from 2.437 bbf in April last year. The sawmills in the B.C. region accounted for 903 million board feet. The B.C regional prodyution plunged by over 20% from April 2018.

Meantime, the apparent softwood lumber consumption witnessed a decline of 16.1% to total 2.786 bbf in Jan-Apr ’19. The Apr ’19 consumption saw a dip of approximately 35% year-on-year to total 573 million board feet.

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