Southern Pine exports of treated and untreated lumber rose 3% in 2023

Southern Forest Products Association
February 12, 2024
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States, US East

2023 Southern Pine exports of treated and untreated lumber ended 2023 up 3% over 2022 with 31.94 Mbf of exports despite being down 21.3% in December over November, according to December data from the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Services’ Global Agricultural Trade System. December’s total was the lowest since the 30.95 Mbf exports in May 2020. Total softwood imports, meanwhile, were down 1.9% over the month and 2.5% over the year. …Mexico retained its status as the largest export market (by volume) of Southern Pine and treated lumber for the 10th month. Mexico ended 9% ahead of 2022 and imported 122.2 Mbf of Southern Pine so far this year. The Dominican Republic remains the No. 2 importer of Southern Pine, running 3% ahead over 2022 with77.5 Mbf. Jamacia follows as the No. 3 importer, up 30% with 55 Mbf. Exports to China cooled almost every month in 2023. …India’s imports ended up 312% on 31.2 Mbf. Shipments to the Caribbean leveled off after a post-COVID peak.

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