U.S. Forest Products Exports Mixed for Quarter

U.S. Forest Products Exports Mixed for Quarter

U.S. Paper Exports_Quarter 2_2012

Exports of paper and paperboard products slipped 0.1 percent sequentially to 459,316 20-foot-equivalent units in the second quarter. However, volume was up 5.7 percent year-over-year, according to data from PIERS, a JOC sister company. The lion’s share of shipments went to China, which imported 59.1 percent of the total U.S. export volume.

U.S. wood pulp exports_2Q_2012

U.S. wood pulp shipments in the second quarter fell 4.8 percent from the first quarter to 102,600 TEUs. Year-over-year, the export volume increased 13.2 percent. Again, the biggest market for U.S. exports was China, with a 31.6 percent share of the total wood pulp export volume. The No. 2 buyer of U.S. wood pulp was Japan, with 7.5 percent of the export volume.

U.S. log exports_2Q_2012

Logs and lumber shipments in containers in the second quarter grew 1.3 percent from the prior three-month period, but was down 4.3 percent year-over-year. China holds a 42.4 percent share of the U.S. export market.