2Q, 2022 Global Forest Markets & Price Performance
By Håkan Ekström
Wood Resources International
September 20, 2022
Category: Finance & Economics
Timber Markets – A halt in Russian log exports and reduced wood demand in China contributed to a 20% decline in international softwood log trade in 1H22.
Wood Fiber Markets – Tight wood fiber supply, low pulp inventories, and record high market pulp prices have pushed the costs for pulplogs and wood chips up over the past year. The global Hardwood Fiber Price Index jumped 5.3% (QoQ) in 2Q22.
Pulp Markets – Prices for all the primary pulp grades reached new highs in 2Q22.
Lumber Markets – Global trade of softwood lumber fell about 10% in the first half of 2022. Most of the decline was driven by lower lumber demand in China, the US, and Germany.
Biomass Markets – Russia’s war in Ukraine has shaken up the European pellet market… pushing wood pellet prices to extremely high levels.