North American lumber output increased by 3%

The softwood lumber output in Canada and the USA was higher in the second quarter than in the same period of last year.

Figures from the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) show that the output in Canada increased 2% to a total of 17.083m m³ and in the USA by 4% to 19.967m m³. The Canadian sawmilling industry thus failed to match the rate of growth of roughly 11% recorded for the first three months. The total North American output of softwood lumber thus amounted to 37.050m m³, which equates to an increase of roughly 3% against last year after growth of 6% had been achieved in the first quarter.
A regional look at the data for the second quarter reveals growth of +4% and +9% respectively against the previous quarter and the reference quarter of last year for the “East of Rockies” region at a total of 8.912m m³. In comparison, the lumber output of the “British Columbia” region only increased 1% and 4% respectively to 8.171m m³.

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