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Roundwood prices continue to decrease

Nyhet | Statistik - 20 October 2020

The trend of decreasing delivery prices continued during the third quarter of 2020, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The price of pulpwood decreased by 5.9 percent and the sawlog price by 3.0 percent, in comparison with the second quarter of 2020. There was one exception in the Northern region where prices on pulpwood increased by 1,4 percent.

Pulpwood prices have been declining the last five quarters. The sharpest decrease came in the most recent quarter, the third quarter of 2020 by 5.9 percent. The largest decline in pulpwood prices was in the Central region by 6.4 percent and 5.6 percent in the Southern region. However, prices increased slightly in the Northern region by 1.4 percent.

Sawlog prices have been decreasing or almost unchanged for the past seven quarters. The greatest decrease was last year, during the third quarter of 2019, by 5.5 percent. This third quarter of 2020 had sawlog prices declining by 3.0 percent. Prices decreased the most in the Southern region by 3.9 percent, in the Central Region by 2.0 percent and 0.5 percent in the Northern region. All comparisons above are with the previous quarter.

Greater decline in comparison with third quarter 2019

The decline in prices is larger if focus is shifted to comparing with the same quarter last year. Pulpwood prices decreased by 12.6 percent and sawlog prices by 6.2 percent during the year.

Pulpwood prices declined by 14.1 percent in the Southern region, by 13.9 percent in the Central region and 5.3 percent in the Northern region.

Sawlog prices in the Central region had the sharpest decrease, 7.6 percent. The Southern region had a 5.2 percent decrease and the Northern region had a smaller decrease in price by 3.2 percent.

The decline in prices has therefore been lower in the Northern region for both sawlog an pulpwood prices.

Clarification

Delivery purchase is a method which means that the forest owner themselves, with or without the help of employees or contractors, delivers their wood to the roadside. Delivery purchases account for less than 10 percent of the total sold quantity.

Please note that the average prices are volume-weighted roundwood quantities. These prices refer to current prices, which do not take inflation into account.

These statistics are part of the Official Statistics of Sweden.

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