Log and lumber exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska increased by 20 percent in volume in 2013 compared to 2012, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station reported today. The total value of these exports also jumped, by nearly 37 percent for log exports and by 23 percent for lumber exports.
“Demand from China is the major reason for the increase in west coast log and lumber exports we saw in 2013,” said Xiaoping Zhou, a research economist with the station who conducted the analysis and compiled the data. “However, other Asian countries, like Japan, also increased their wood product imports from the west coast as well as from the remainder of the United States.”
Compared to 2012, China increased its imports of west coast logs by 48 percent and of west coast lumber by 45 percent in 2013. Last year, total U.S. log and lumber exports to the country increased by more than 35 percent.
Other 2013 year-end highlights:
• Total U.S. log exports in 2013 increased by over 19 percent in volume compared to 2012, while the value increased by more than 25 percent;
• Total U.S. lumber exports in 2013 increased about 12 percent in volume compared to 2012, while the value increased by 18 percent;
• West coast lumber exports in 2013 represented 31 percent of the total U.S. lumber export in volume, compared to less than 29 percent in 2012;
• West coast log exports in 2013 represented 60 percent of the total U.S. log export in volume, less than a 1-percent increase from the 2012 level, while the value share increased to 59 percent, compared to 54 percent in 2012.
• At west coast ports, 63 percent of outgoing logs and 40 percent of outgoing lumber were destined for China in 2013, compared to 58 percent of logs and 33 percent of lumber in 2012.
From the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/news/2014/02/log-and-lumber-exports.shtml