A semblance of market confidence

Laurie, Allan
February 2009
New Zealand Tree Grower;Feb2009, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p32
The article looks at the market performance of the forest products sector in New Zealand. From November 2008 to January 2009, export log prices rose to a 10-year high between $10 and $15 per cubic metre. Export destinations were filled with sustained supply and decreasing demand for wood. Due to reducing demand, spot rates went down below U.S.$25. To address this, companies have decided to introduce spot rate and fixed rate vessels. Sawmills also experienced a decline as several of them have decided to temporarily close down.


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