Chinese chip imports lift: Australian supply declines

Latest data shows Chinese woodchip imports lifted to a seven month high in September, hitting 1.302 million bone dried metric tonnes (bdmt) at an average price of USDCif152/bdmt. The big winner in the hardwood chip trade to China continues to be Vietnam, whose average price of supply in September was… Read More

Australian woodchip exports remain low, but prices are solid

Australia’s woodchip exports totalled 287,066 bdmt in August (bone dried metric tonnes), up 24.2% compared with the prior month. However, exports remain at rock-bottom levels (August was the third lowest month in more than a decade) as a combination of soft demand and a reluctance to supply at discounted prices… Read More

Tools for tracking woodchip exports, shipping and imports

Through IndustryEdge’s innovative online platform, Wood Market Edge, woodchip exporters, pulp producers, traders, port authorities and others are tracking the increasingly complex global woodchip trade. Using a mix of trade data, automated vessel tracking, port ‘watching’ and ongoing field research, Wood Market Edge online allows subscribers to understand what is… Read More

Trade collapse shows through to shipping challenges

Global trade collapsed in the first quarter of 2020 and the second quarter was worse. There are no guarantees that the current quarter, or the fourth quarter of 2020, will be significantly improved. With the worst ‘black swan’ event in history still impacting global markets, all expectations are that trade… Read More

FLASH: Australian softwood log exports exploded in June

Australia’s softwood log exports exploded to a new monthly record in June, with total exports reaching a massive 590,689 m3, up more than 83% on the prior month. To underscore the magnitude of the monthly record, this is more than 27% or 110,000 m3 higher than for any prior month. Read More

BREAKING: NZ log exports crossed the 2.0 million m3 threshold in June

New Zealand’s softwood log exports in June totalled 2.022 million m3, crossing the 2.0 million m3 threshold for only the third month on record. Although well short of the record 2.141 million m3 recorded in March 2019, the big lift in exports reverses a downwards trend, especially for shipments to… Read More

Access the Latest Wood Fibre Data for Australia and New Zealand

Get access to all of the latest log, woodchip and sawnwood data via Wood Market Edge online, IndustryEdge’s ground-breaking data and information service. In recent months, our innovative approach to tracking the global woodchip trade has been enhanced by online delivery. Subscribers to Wood Market Edge online can login and… Read More

Economics: Manufacturing picked up in June, but it’s all about food right now

At a headline level, news of the expansion of the Australian manufacturing sector will always be well received. It is good news, but it is also patchy news, because as we well know, not all sectors are faring as well as others. The Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australia PMI®)… Read More

Annual Woodchip exports down 26.6% year-ended May [Subscribers Only]

Australia’s combined annual exports of hardwood and softwood woodchips for the twelve-months-ended May 2020 were recorded at 5.422 million bone dried metric tonnes (bdmt). Monthly export volumes began dropping around the middle of 2019, and have not been above the 500,000 bdmt mark since October 2019. Hardwood chips make up… Read More

Log Exports – Softwood down 0.7%, Hardwood down 21.9% [Subscribers Only]

Softwood Log Exports steady – down just 0.7% Australia’s exports of softwood logs held steady across the 12-months-ended May 2020. Exports for the year totalled 3.566 million m3, down just 0.7% compared to the prior year. Examined on a monthly basis, softwood log exports for May 2020 jumped to 452,527… Read More

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