Lake States Business Trends

While lumbermen in the Lake States continued to steadily “move wood” through the fourth quarter of 2023, they agreed that “something must change” in order to hit the ground running in 2024. A Wisconsin source called the 2023 fourth quarter market “steady” but added that nothing is “booming.” “We are still moving most species except […]

Northeast Business Trends

Overall, lumber sources in the Northeast region said that their sales were better than they were six months ago. A lumberman in Maryland said that aside from White Oak remaining strong and with prices rising, he has noticed that Poplar and Red Oak have gotten harder to move. “Some species are easier to move and […]

Southeast Business Trends

Throughout the Southeast region lumber sources agreed that their markets are rather quiet, at the time of this writing. One source noted that while his sales are slow, he has started to receive more inquiries out of Asia than expected. In North Carolina, a sawmill representative said that his sales have been slower than they […]

Exports Tumble In 2023, But 2024 Holds Promise

With U.S. lumber exports currently down millions of board feet in traditionally large markets like China and Canada, members of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) remain encouraged by growth from smaller buyers like Vietnam, the Middle East, India and Europe. Michael Snow, executive director of AHEC, recently noted at an end-of-year membership meeting that […]

West Coast Business Trends

Lumbermen on the West Coast recently spoke with nervous intrigue regarding the first quarter of 2024. At the time of this writing, three sources were slogging through a “sporadic” December that saw many lumber suppliers selling “order-to-order.” “Customers are concerned (with high interest rates) and everyone’s orders have slowed down,” said a Washington source with […]

IWPA Looks To Make 2024 The Best Year Yet

As we embark on 2024 in earnest (after what I hope was a restful holiday break for Import/Export Wood Purchasing News readers) IWPA is focused on building upon the successes of 2023 and making 2024 our best year yet as an association. As I’m writing this in early January, registrations for IWPA’s 2024 World of […]

Ontario Business Trends

In advance of the 2023 Holiday season and into New Year’s, sawmills sawed more lumber ahead of this period. Many secondary manufacturers took extended breaks during this time in most areas on both sides of the border. This resulted in lower demand for raw materials. In certain areas, obtaining logs and pricing were a challenge […]

Gabon Sawmills Open Up US Sales Office

“We want to settle into the market and become a trustworthy partner to the North American companies as THE African source for hardwood lumber.” ~ Tom Gallagher, Sales Manager for Elephant Lumber Durable products, sustainable sourcing and well-planned execution are some of the hallmarks of Elephant Lumber that have led to the company’s success in […]

Quebec Business Trends

Another year has begun and the hardwood industry is busy, striving to improve efficiencies, boost margins, deal with supply chain shortages, rising interests rates, expand their sales while serving established customers and vying for new ones, all in the hopes of increasing profits. Contacts remain cautiously optimistic that business will improve this year as they […]

Diverse Hardwood Lumber and Lumber Products at Edensaw Woods Ltd.

“In this industry, you have to know about the products you’re selling. We have knowledge of the products, where they are going, and the applications they are being used in. We offer a wide variety of services, specializing in custom millwork, CNC design and manufacturing and delivery.” ~ Buster Ferris, Vice President, Edensaw Woods Ltd. […]