Global Wood Prices

WoodMarket Prices -- the digitized successor to Wood Resources Quarterly from Wood Reosurce International -- is  designed to be a convenient, one-stop repository of the datasets and analytical tools that are important for building success in the forest supply chain, including pricing, trade data. and market commentary about industry developments.

All of this data can be visualized and analyzed in methods that are most beneficial to each individual user, and users can save search filters, download the datasets and customized images, or print charts right from their screens.

 

Why Subscribe

  • Track the latest prices for sawlogs and pulpwood worldwide
  • Monitor global trade of lumber, logs, wood chips and pellets
  • Evaluate the competitiveness of sawmills and pulpmills around the world
  • Receive reliable wood chip and pulplog prices in US dollars and local currencies
  • Assess quarterly wood raw-material price trends for the past 30 years
  • Follow wood prices in North America, Europe, Latin America, Oceania and Asia
  • Read about developments in the international forest industry
  • Receive reliable wood chip and pulplog prices in US dollars and local currencies

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Wood Raw Material Prices

The cost of wood raw material is the  factor that often determines the competitiveness of a pulp manufacturing plant or a sawmill. These costs vary between 45-75% of the total cash cost depending on the product grade and market conditions. Prudent business decision-making regarding investments and strategic planning requires up-to-date and reliable market information about the constant changes in pricing of sawlogs, pulplogs and wood chips.

Global wood prices

WoodMarket Prices includes pricing data for sawlogs, pulpwood and wood chips for more than 20 countries and going back more than 25 years. 

With sawlog and pulpwood price indexes, current and historical pricing, and wood cost outlooks, WoodMarket Prices provides the data and insight the industry needs to manage their raw mateiral costs.

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WoodMarket Prices expands ResourceWise's forest products services and solutions globally.

Current & historical pricing data

Subscribers are able to view and download historical trend/time series data for sawlogs, pulpwood and wood chips.
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Global market insights

Global market commentary for each of the following sectors is included:

  • Global Pulpwood Market Updates
  • Global Lumber Market Updates
  • Global Pulp Market Updates
  • Global Sawlog Market Updates
  • Global Pellet Market Updates
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Sawlog Price Indices

Log costs account for 65-70% of the production costs when manufacturing softwood lumber. Consequently, having access to prices for sawlogs by country, by continent, and globally for benchmarking purposes is crucial for determining the competitiveness of a region’s sawmilling industry. WoodMarket Prices has two sawlog price indices, one price index for Europe and one global.

  • The volume-weighted Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) focues on commonly used log species and grades used to manufacture construction and better grades of lumber and reports average sawlog prices from 18 regions around the world.
  • The volume-weighted European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI) reports average sawlog prices  for the nine largest log-consuming coutnries in Europe. 
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Pulpwood Price Indices

The cost of wood fiber is the factor that most often determines the competitiveness of a pulp manufacturing plant and it is also the input cost that fluctuates the most over time. Worldwide, these costs currently vary between 45-72% of the total cash cost depending on product grade and the costs of other components such as chemicals, energy and labor. In 2019, the worldwide average cost of wood as a percentage of total manufacturing cost was approximately 61%, according to Fisher International. The countries with the lowest wood cost component included Germany, Eastern Canada and New Zealand, while Japan, China, Indonesia and Spain have had the highest wood cost percentages.

Understanding how important it is to measure wood fiber price trends worldwide, WRI developed two price indices with data collection which started in 1988. The Global Wood Fiber Price Indices are derived from wood fiber prices for the pulp industry in 17 regions. These regions together account for 85-90% of the world’s wood-based pulp production capacity. The price indices are calculated using quarterly wood fiber prices and estimated country/regional wood fiber consumption data.

  • The Global Softwood Wood Fiber Index (SFPI) predominantly includes countries with natural conifer species in the Northern Hemisphere
  • The Global Hardwood Wood Fiber Index (HFPI) consists of wood fiber prices in non-conifer plantation forests (mainly Eucalyptus and Acacia)
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Trade visualized

In addition to a comprehensive trade summary table, WoodMarket Prices shows trade data for hardwood and softwood chips, market pulp and pellets, by country and region, for both imports and exports. Dependency wheel charts show trade flows by country and volume. 

 

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Global economic data

We collect historical and current third-party economic data (GDP, CPI, PPI, housing starts, WTI and diesel prices to name just a few) and make it available to subscribers in the WoodMarket Prices  platform. Users can then chart these indicators alongside their own prices and performance in order to identify correlations and trends.

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