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Roundwood prices decrease all over Sweden

Statistik - 25 August 2020

The trend of decreasing delivery prices has been ongoing for a full year, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. The price of pulpwood decreased by 2.8 percent and the sawlog price by 2.6 percent, in comparison with the first quarter of 2020.

Pulpwood prices have been declining the last four quarters. The sharpest decrease was in the third and fourth quarter of 2019 by 4.7 and 3.3 percent. This decline continued in 2020 but at a lower level and in the recent second quarter it declined by 2.8 percent. The largest decline in pulpwood price was in the Northern region by 3.5 percent. Prices decreased by 2.7 percent in the Southern region and by 1.2 percent in the Central region.

Sawlog prices have been decreasing or almost unchanged for the past six quarters.  The greatest decrease was during the third quarter of 2019 by 5.5 percent. During the second quarter of 2020 sawlog prices declined by 2.6 percent. Prices decreased the most in the Central region by 3.8 percent, in the Southern Region by 3.0 percent and 1.1 percent in the Northern region. All comparisons above are with the previous quarter.

Greater decline in comparison with second quarter 2019

The decline in prices is larger if focus is shifted to comparing with the same quarter last year. Pulpwood prices decreased by 11.5 percent and sawlog prices by 8.6 percent during the year.

The pulpwood price in the Central region had the sharpest decrease, 14.2 percent. The Southern region had a 11.4 percent decrease and the Northern region had a smaller decrease in price by 4.1 percent.

Sawlog prices declined by 10.6 percent in the Central region, by 9.8 percent in the Southern region and 1.7 percent in the Northern region. The decline in prices has therefore been lower in the Northern region when the comparison is made with the same quarter in the previous year.

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.

The statistic is part of the official statistics of Sweden.

 

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