While skyrocketing fuel prices make national headlines, the other input costs that go into producing and transporting logs and wood fiber generally do not. Costs for many of these products – steel, tires, oils and lubricants, maintenance parts, etc. – have also surged over the last two years, which ultimately impacts the cost of producing forest products. Ongoing supply chain issues have driven costs +30% higher in some cases. For example, commercial truck tires have increased by ~35% since 2020… if they’re even available. Maintenance parts for logging equipment are following the same pattern, and are simply hard to come by in this market.
Because the harvesting and trucking links of the forest supply chain are integral to the forest industry’s success, we wanted to share this analysis from our partner Tecnon OrbiChem exploring recent developments in the global tire sector .