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Softwood Timber Sales

 

Sawn softwood sales were strong in early 2020, with sales in February 2020 totalling 254,375 m3, up 9.7% on a year earlier. January’s sales were up 4.1% on the prior January. The position was not as strong on an annualised basis, with the year-ending February seeing sales total 2.872 million m3, down 5.3% on a year earlier.

The conditions and sales clearly improved over recent months, as the chart below shows.

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Fig. 10

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The next chart – over the same time period – shows sales by grade. It provides some clues to changes in the sales profile over recent times. Its main purpose however is to demonstrate that regardless of the point in the cycle, demand for sawn softwood products continues for all products and grades in relatively equal proportions.

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Fig. 11

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If there is variance between the grades, it is most reflected in the structural grades – between the treated and the untreated products. The chart below shows the relative performance of the structural grades over the last five years to the end of February.

In particular, for the red and blue lines, it shows how the dominant grades (<120mm) have fared. We can see that sales of the Treated Structural <120mm grade (blue line) rose to almost equivalence with their untreated cousin (Structural <120mm shown on the red line). It is also clear that they declined together and sales volumes were virtually the same through to February 2019, but that subsequently, treated sales slipped away, while untreated sales were stable.

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Fig. 12

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The table below shows the experience of the last year for all sawn softwood grades.

 

YE Feb 2019

YE Feb 2020

% Change

Outdoor Domestic

          241,844

          245,494

1.5%

Fencing

          111,852

            86,164

-23.0%

Appearance

            14,516

            14,822

2.1%

Structural < 120mm

          687,360

          689,523

0.3%

Structural > 120mm

            57,723

            51,196

-11.3%

Treated Structural < 120mm

          692,672

          622,659

-10.1%

Treated Structural > 120mm

            50,772

            43,967

-13.4%

Landscaping

          147,049

          116,059

-21.1%

Poles

            32,861

            34,552

5.1%

Packaging

          580,770

          614,481

5.8%

Ungraded

          308,297

          261,303

-15.2%

Export

          109,195

            92,735

-15.1%

Total

3,034,912

      2,872,956

-5.3%

 

 

Posted Date: April 6, 2020

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