Forest worker with a chain saw.

Roundwood price drops in Northern Sweden but increases in the South

Nyhet | Statistik - 20 April 2021

For the first time in two years delivery prices increase for both sawlog and pulpwood, in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2020. The sawlog price increased by 4.8 percent and pulpwood by 1.2 percent. But prices did not increase in all of Sweden, it is still decreasing in the Northern region.

Sawlog prices turned upward during the last quarter of 2020 after having been decreasing since early 2019. The increase carried into the first quarter of 2021 in the Southern and Central regions, both increasing by 6.0 percent. But sawlog prices are still decreasing in the Northern region, by 2.3 percent, in comparison with the previous quarter.

During the first quarter of 2021, pulpwood prices increased for the first time in two years, by 1.2 percent. There are also regional differences, the prices increased in the Central region by 2.1 percent and by 1.0 percent in the Southern region, but again prices still decrease in the Northern region, by 3.3 percent.

Greater decline in pulpwood prices in comparison with first quarter 2020

If focus is shifted to instead comparing with the same quarter last year, then there are som different developments.

Pulpwood prices overall decreased by 10.4 percent. The decline was greatest in the Northern region by 15.7 percent, followed by the Southern and Central regions with 9.2 and 7.2 percent decline.

The price of sawlog increased by 6.0 percent in the Southern region and 3.4 percent in the Central region. But decreased by 4.2 percent in the Northern region.

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.