Forest worker with a chain saw.

Roundwood prices increasing again

Nyhet | Statistik - 19 October 2021

Delivery purchase prices on roundwood increased during the third quarter after having been unchanged during the second quarter of 2021. The sawlog price increased by 2.1 percent and the price of pulpwood by 0.9 percent, in comparison with the previous quarter. However, there are regional differences throughout the country.

Sawlog prices increased by 6.3 percent in the Northern region during the third quarter of 2021. That is the first time in two years that prices have increased in the region. In the Central region the delivery purchase price of sawlogs also increased, by 3.5 percent while it was almost unchanged in the Southern region, a small increase of 0.5 percent.

Pulpwood prices increased also in the Northern region, by 3.2 percent, the first increase for a year in the region. The largest increase was in the Southern region by 3.8 percent while it decreased slightly by 0.5 percent in the Central region.

Difference in price development between sawlog and pulpwood in comparison with third quarter 2020

If focus is shifted to comparing with the same quarter last year, then the development differs.

The price of sawlogs increased by 13.0 percent in Sweden, that is the largest increase since the third quarter 2014. Regionally, the increase was 16.7 percent in the Southern region and 12.8 percent in the Central region and 3.5 percent in the Northern region.

Pulpwood prices overall decreased by 0.7 percent, a continuation of a trend of declining prices that has been ongoing for two years. The decline was greatest in the Northern region by 11.0 percent, while the price was almost unchanged with a slight decline of 0.3 percent in the Central region. Delivery purchase prices increased in the Southern region by 3.4 percent.

Clarification

Delivery purchase is a method which means that the forest owner themselves, with or without the help of employees or contractors, deliver 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 statistics is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.

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