Pacific Northwest Wood Exports To Far East Continue Surge But Little Sign Of Southeastern Participation

Log and lumber exports from the U.S. Pacific Northwest to China and the Far East continued to surge in the first half of the year with little sign that the Southeast is getting into the act so far.

Lumber and log exports from U.S. ports in the Northwest and northern California were up sharply again in the second quarter of 2011, pointing to a robust market for industrial and private landowners in that region.   But a search for signs that the Far East export boom was reaching the southeastern U.S. was unsuccessful.  Contacts with ports in Savannah and South Carolina—both in close proximity to the nation’s wood basket—failed to produce indications of a surge of lumber exports to the Far East, although media contacts at both port authorities cited ongoing ocean shipments of lumber and pulp and paper products to export markets.

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