Continuing cautious optimism in the log market

Laurie, Allan
May 2007
New Zealand Tree Grower;May2007, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p34
The article discusses the pervading air of cautious optimism within the forestry industry in New Zealand. According to the author, this can be attributed to the prevailing U.S. dollar exchange rates, wildly fluctuating shipping costs and a draft policy on climate change that could adversely affect the industry. In April 2007, radiata pine showed upward price movement in domestic sales and downward for export sales, due partly to the increase in daily hire rates for a standard Handyclass vessel in 2007. Selling prices in Korea are expected to go down by $2 to $3 per cubic meter while no significant changes are seen in the markets of China and India due to the entry of additional suppliers. Meanwhile, some small changes in grades were noted in log prices by April 2007.


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