Exports of US Southern pine lumber in 2016 reached a record 688 million board feet – 16 percent increase YoY – valued at more than $413 million, according to the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA). Within that volume, exports of pressure-treated lumber also saw record sales, with more than double the shipments from just five years ago.
In 2016, the top three destinations for Southern Pine exports remain unchanged: China (188.9 MMbf), up 46 percent; the Dominican Republic (102.7 MMbf), up 18 percent; and Mexico (92.1 MMbf), up 25 percent.
Exports have jumped sharply to regions targeted by SPC’s international market development efforts. Record sales were achieved in China and regions such as Southeast Asia, Central America, and South America. “Rising demand for Southern Pine lumber is undeniably linked to the industry’s efforts to introduce this species to buyers worldwide,” said Jerry Hingle, an international consultant for the Southern Pine Council (SPC).
The SPC is made up of members, SFPA and the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA). Recent efforts have been made to reach untapped emerging markets with aid from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service to promote exports of Southern Pine lumber.