Exports of Southern Pine lumber remained at a hefty level in July, amounting to just over 59 million board feet (MMbf). This volume represents a big bump of 31% above the same month last year, contributing to a significant year-to-date increase of 14% when compared with the first seven months of 2015, according to the Southern Forest Products Association.
Offshore shipments during July roughly break down as 30.1 MMbf dressed, 12.5 MMbf rough, and 16.6 MMbf treated lumber.
Softwood lumber imports to the U.S. remained steady in July, reaching 1.4 billion board feet (Bbf), up 36% from the volume imported during July of 2015. Through the first seven months of this year, softwood imports are also up 36% when compared with the same period a year ago.
Southern Forest Products Association represents Southern Pine lumber manufacturers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.