Posted November 29, 2016
Exports of Southern Pine lumber swung upward again to near record levels in September, amounting to just under 61.5 million board feet (MMbf). This volume represents an increase of 18% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 15% when compared with the first nine months of 2015, as the Southern Forest Products Association says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Offshore shipments during September roughly break down as 29.3 MMbf dressed, 12.7 MMbf rough, and 19.4 MMbf treated lumber.Softwood lumber imports to the U.S. edged higher in September, reaching 1.32 billion board feet (Bbf), up 6% from the volume imported during September of 2015. Through the first nine months of this year, softwood imports are up 30% when compared with the same period a year ago.