click image to zoomIn Spain's Anana Valley, two layers of American ash connect 17 vertical arches, made of laminated American larch. One layer of ash is fixed to the underside of the arch members and forms the visible interior, while the other layer is fixed to the upper face of the arch members. Image courtesy American Hardwood Export Council. Just released trade statistics for May 2012 included welcome news. U.S. hardwood lumber exports in May totaled 121.4 million board feet (MMBF), the highest level in 72 months and the fifth highest monthly total ever.
For the first five months of 2012, hardwood lumber exports totaled 570.3 MMBF. May shipments to China totaled 46.5 MMBF—the highest ever.
June statistics may look even stronger. In a recent survey, we found that nearly 60 percent of North American exporters reported higher shipments in June than in May, with increased activity in Asia, Mexico and the Middle East offsetting reduced business in Europe.
Interestingly, 79 percent said exports now comprise the highest percentage of sales in company history, and 76 percent believe North American hardwoods are gaining a larger share of world markets.
Hardwood Publishing offers Hardwood Review, Hardwood Leader, WoodLogics and other services for lumber buyers and sellers in the wood manufacturing industries “We’re now about 40 percent export and we expect our exports will continue to grow,” says a Wisconsin sawmill operator.
click image to zoom While many log and lumber mills are not directly involved in export markets, even domestic-only sellers benefit from strong export sales. The comment from a Wisconsin sawmill — which many might think would be too far from ports to competitively participate in exporting — illustrates the widespread importance of hardwood exports.
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