Exports of Southern pine lumber reached a record US$312 million in 2017. Of this volume, exports of pressure-treated lumber also hit an all-time high of US$175 million, a 28 per cent increase from the previous year, according to the Southern Forest Products Association.
“Rising demand for Southern pine lumber is undeniably linked to the industry’s efforts to introduce this species to buyers worldwide,” said Jerry Hingle, Southern Pine Council’s international consultant.
Exports have jumped sharply in regions targeted by the SPC’s international market development efforts. Record sales were achieved in China and emerging markets in Southeast Asia, Central America and South America.