Exports of Southern Pine lumber remained at a lofty level in August, amounting to just under 56.5 million board feet (MMbf). This volume represents an increase of 17% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 14% when compared with the first eight months of 2015, as the Southern Forest Products Association says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
Offshore shipments during August roughly break down as 31.9 MMbf dressed, 6.2 MMbf rough, and 18.4 MMbf treated lumber.
Softwood lumber imports to the U.S. remained steady in August, reaching 1.36 billion board feet (Bbf), up 15% from the volume imported during August of 2015. Through the first eight months of this year, softwood imports are up 34% when compared with the same period a year ago.