On average purchase prices of round timber in 2nd quarter of 2009

01.04.2010

The information of the Central Statistical Bureau on purchase prices of round timber show that in the 2nd half of 2009 the price reduction for most types of the round timber has stopped, and even slight growth can be observed, because pre-processing products of the Latvia sawmills has regained their competiveness and prices of pre-processing products, mainly sawn timber, in global markets has increased.

Compared to the 1st half of 2009 the average purchase prices of round timber in the 2nd half of 2009 have grown: small and average diameter sawlogs of pine on average by 2-3 LVL/m3, large diameter sawlogs – by 5 LVL/m3. The price rise of spruce sawlogs reached 0.5-3.5 LVL/m3. Compared to the previous period the purchase prices of birch sawlogs rose by 5%. The market price of black alder was influenced by the largest purchasing enterprises, therefore their purchase prices in comparison with the previous period dropped approximately by 6 LVL/m3. Increase of birch veneer log purchase prices in the 2nd half of 2009 comprised on average 2 LVL/m3, but prices of packing timber grew by 8.6% or by 1.5 LVL/m3.

Compared to 2008, average purchase prices of pine sawlog round timber in 2009 generally reduced by 38% and by 33% of spruce sawlogs. Purchase prices of birch sawlogs decreased by 36%, but purchase prices of black alder sawlogs reduced by diameter assortments - by 1-5 LVL m3, respectively. Purchase prices of birch veneer logs in 2009 diminished by 42-45%, but packing timber price drop comprise 31%.

Average purchase prices of round timber by tree species and timber types, LVL/m3

Timber types

1st half of 2008

2nd half of 2008

1st half of 2009

2nd half of 2009

Pine

diameter to 14 cm

35.04

28.82

18.87

21.71

diameter 14-18 cm

47.92

41.54

25.93

28.79

diameter 18-26 cm

48.94

41.92

27.53

29.61

diameter above 26cm

56.18

44.52

29.08

34.06

Spruce

diameter to 14 cm

34.09

28.46

17.61

20.45

diameter 14-18 cm

43.94

41.08

28.18

28.63

diameter 18-26 cm

45.65

41.39

29.04

31.45

diameter above 26cm

46.45

42.69

30.13

33.68

Birch

diameter 18-24 cm

47.66

31.27

25.89

26.35

diameter above 24 cm

51.76

40.17

26.72

28.16

Black alder

diameter 18-24 cm

27.36

15.59

23.37

17.26

diameter above 24 cm

30.90

28.36

27.27

20.99

Asp

diameter 18-24 cm

31.16

23.89

17.65

18.17

diameter above 24 cm

36.76

28.65

21.78

21.54

Birch veneer logs

A category

64.59

52.44

33.26

35.32

B category

58.70

47.79

27.84

27.02

Packing timber (of deciduous trees)

25.99

21.31

15.52

16.98

 

Purchase prices of coniferous tree sawlogs, LVL/m3 
 


 

Purchase prices of deciduous tree sawlogs, veneer logs and packing timber, LVL/m3 
 

 

Prepared by Environment and Energy Statistics Section
Maija Norenberga
Tel. 67366744