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Prices on roundwood

The statistics is published by Swedish Forest Agency, responsible authority for official statistics on production in forestry. The statistics covers average prices for delivery logs.

The prices are volume-weighted average prices for delivery timber and refer to current prices where inflation has not been taken into account. Delivery timber means that the forest owner, with the help of employees or contractors, delivers the wood by the road side. More details are described under "Facts about the survey" below.

Quarterly roundwood prices

The roundwood prices on delivery timber increased for both sawlog and pulpwood during the fourth quarter of 2023 when compared with the third quarter of 2023. The sawlog price increased by 6 per cent and pulpwood by 2 per cent.

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Roundwood prices 2023

In 2023 the roundwood price on sawlogs increased by 12 per cent and the prices on pulpwood by 37 per cent in comparison to 2022.

Roundwood price on sawlogs

In comparison to 2022 the price on sawlogs in Svealand rose by 14 percent and the price on sawlogs in Södra Norrland rose by 10 percent. The price refers to annual average prices for sawlogs of pine and spruce.

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Roundwood price on pulpwood

Roundwood prices on pulpwood rose by 37 per cent between year 2022 and 2023 and are now above the level in 2019. The largest increase in pulpwood is seen in Svealand and Södra Norrland, by almost 51 and 42 per cent respectively. The price rose by almost 31 and 25 per cent in Götaland and Norra Norrland respectively. The roundwood price on pulpwood refers to a volume weighted average for delivery timber of pine, spruce, and birch.

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Minor break in the time series after 2021 due to changed regional division.

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Volumes

The felled volume, which is the base of the statistics on roundwood prices, has decreased by more than half during the last 20 years, which applies to both the volume on sawlogs and on pulpwood. The purchase type ‘delivery timber’ accounts for a small share of the sales on the roundwood market. The total volume for sawlogs and pulpwood in the base for the statistics in 2023 amounted to almost 2,4 million m3s ub of which 47 per cent were roundwood of pulpwood and 53 per cent were roundwood of sawlogs.

An explanation to the decrease in volume can be that the share of delivery timber has decreased in comparison to other types of purchase. Another explanation is that what is calculated in the system, the base of the statistics, has changed.

In the figure below, it is shown how the volume of sawlogs increased after the storm Gudrun in 2005 and the storm Per in 2007. The volume of roundwood of pulpwood did not increase in the same way as the volume of sawlogs in these years.

Minor break in the time series after 2021 due to changed regional division.

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  • Last Updated: 4/25/2023