On average purchase prices of round timber in first half of 2010

17.09.2010

In 1st half of 2010 gradual growth of round timber purchase prices continues, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau. That can be explained with the fact that in sawmills of Latvia products of first stage processing due to the growing external demand have retrieved the competitiveness. But in global markets, in turn, prices of goods produced from industrial timber have increased.

Compared to the 2nd half of 2009 average purchase prices of round timber in 1st half of 2010 rose by 3-7 LVL/m3.

Purchase prices of pine sawlogs, if compared to the previous half, have grown by 5-7 LVL or on average by 17%, but prices of spruce sawlogs – by 4-7 LVL or by 18%. Moreover, more noticeable growth witnessed assortments of smaller diameter. Average purchase prices of black alder and asp sawlogs have increased by 12-13%, and of packing timber – by 19%.

The most stable situation was observed in birch veneer log segment. There prices have retained the level of previous reference period.

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

Timber types

2nd half of 2008

1st half of 2009

2nd half of 2009

1st half of 2010

Pine

diameter to 14 cm

28.82

18.87

21.71

27.10

diameter 14-18 cm

41.54

25.93

28.79

33.59

diameter 18-26 cm

41.92

27.53

29.61

36.36

diameter above 26cm

44.52

29.08

34.06

41.21

Spruce

diameter to 14 cm

28.46

17.61

20.45

27.59

diameter 14-18 cm

41.08

28.18

28.63

35.05

diameter 18-26 cm

41.39

29.04

31.45

37.04

diameter above 26cm

42.69

30.13

33.68

38.38

Birch

diameter 18-24 cm

31.27

25.89

26.35

26.13

diameter above 24 cm

40.17

26.72

28.16

36.53

Black alder

diameter 18-24 cm

15.59

23.37

17.26

19.77

diameter above 24 cm

28.36

27.27

20.99

23.41

Asp

diameter 18-24 cm

23.89

17.65

18.17

21.02

diameter above 24 cm

28.65

21.78

21.54

24.62

Birch veneer logs

A category

52.44

33.26

35.32

35.56

B category

47.79

27.84

27.02

27.27

Packing timber (of deciduous trees)

 

21.31

15.52

16.98

21.09

 

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