On the purchase prices of round timber in the first half of 2009

28.09.2009

The information of the Central Statistical Bureau on the purchase prices of significant export commodity - round timber, show that, in 2009 decrease continued.

Compared to the 1st half of 2008
, purchase prices of pine sawlogs in the same period of 2009 on average reduced by 44-48%, of spruce sawlogs – by 35%, but purchase prices of thin timber types in diameter to 14cm decreased even by 48%. Purchase prices of birch and asp sawlogs on average diminished by 40-48%, and of black alder - by 11-14%. The reduction of birch veneer log purchase prices constituted on average 50%, of black alder veneer logs – 21%, prices of matchlogs decreased by -41%, and of packing case timber – by 40%.

Compared to the 2nd half of 2008 reduction of purchase prices in the 1st half of 2009 continued, but it was not as rapid as before. Purchase prices of pine sawlogs decreased by 34-37%, of spruce sawlogs – by 29-31% (of thin timber types in diameter to 14cm by 38%), but in the market of deciduous sawlogs the price reduction varied between 17 and 33%. Purchase prices of birch veneer logs on average diminished by 38%, of black alder veneer logs – by 19%, of matchlogs – by 29%, of packing case timber – by 27%. Only the purchase prices of black alder sawlogs grew by 49%.

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

Pine

diameter to 14 cm

35.04

28.82

18.87

diameter 14-18 cm

47.92

41.54

25.93

diameter 18-26 cm

48.94

41.92

27.53

diameter above 26cm

56.18

44.52

29.08

Spruce

diameter to 14 cm

34.09

28.46

17.61

diameter 14-18 cm

43.94

41.08

28.18

diameter 18-26 cm

45.65

41.39

29.04

diameter above 26cm

46.45

42.69

30.13

Birch

diameter 18-24 cm

47.66

31.27

25.89

diameter above 24 cm

51.76

40.17

26.72

Black alder

diameter 18-24 cm

27.36

15.59

23.37

diameter above 24 cm

30.90

28.36

27.27

Asp

diameter 18-24 cm

31.16

23.89

17.65

diameter above 24 cm

36.76

28.65

21.78

Birch veneer logs

A category

64.59

52.44

33.26

B category

58.70

47.79

27.84

Black alder veneer logs

A category

34.94

32.75

26.56

B category

32.19

26.14

26.16

Matchlogs

34.27

28.48

20.16

Packing timber (of deciduous trees)

25.99

21.31

15.52




Purchase prices of sawlogs
LVL/m3



Purchase prices of veneer logs, matchlogs and packing timber
LVL/m3





Prepared by Environment and Energy Statistics Section
Maija Norenberga
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