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The roundwood prices on delivery timber increased for both sawlog and pulpwood during the first quarter of 2023 in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2022. The sawlog price increased by 1 percent and pulpwood by almost 4 percent.
Regionally, the greatest increase in sawlog prices was in Södra Norrland, almost 5 percent, followed by Norra Norrland with 3 percent. In Götaland the sawlog prices increased by 1 percent while the price in Svealand was unchanged.
Regarding pulpwood prices, the greatest increase was in Norra Norrland and Svealand with an increase of 13 percent. The increase in both Södra Norrland and Götaland amounted to 10 percent.
If focus is instead shifted to comparing with the same quarter last year, then the trend of increasing roundwood prices continues. Sawlog prices overall increased by almost 10 percent. Regionally, the sawlog prices increased by 13 percent in Norra Norrland and Svealand respectively. In Södra Norrland and Götaland prices also increase, by 10 percent.
Pulpwood prices overall increased by 43 percent in comparison with the first quarter of 2022. The increase was greatest in Svealand by almost 68 percent, followed by Södra Norrland and Götaland by almost 44 and 38 percent respectively. In Norra Norrland the pulpwood price increased by 16 percent.
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 into account inflation.
The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.