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June 2015

Supply side developments

We source a lot of our Hardwoods from the USA from the likes of Baillie Lumber

Supplies of key products such as Western Red Cedar and Radiata Pine exhibit some constraints and although no desperate shortages supply is tight. Costs are rising as well. The stories a re varied however and some species and product groups are in total disarray. Industrial markets the World over are not busy and Industrial grade lumber has dropped in price like a rock. High end products by and large are fairly strong.

Western Red Cedar log supplies are steady but at levels that are only just keeping abreast of existing demand. Strong demand for the best fibre from the USA is dragging prices up and making it more difficult to find wider widths for the NZ market. Concerns over the level of supply exist with the northern hemisphere summer coming to the Canadians with vengeance and the threat of logging halts due to the forests being locked up to avoid fires a very real threat.

Western Red Cedar logs being marshalled in WFP yard, Vancouver Island

Equally strong export demand for Clear grades of Radiata Pine are seeing more Radiata heading to the USA and Europe. It is strange that whilst the Clear grades of Radiata are strongly sought after, the Industrials end of the market are quiet and facing soft demand.

There are softening tones in some US hardwood species, mainly Red Oak and some lesser known species. Soft demand from Asia is seen as the main reason for this.

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