menu-bgimg

What we can offer you

We provide detailed transactional data, cost benchmarks and in-depth analytics for participants in the wood raw materials supply chain.
  • Pricing Data
  • Benchmarks
  • Product Forecasting
  • Advisory Services
  • Analytics
Learn More

SilvaStat360 Platform

  • Price Benchmarks
  • Madison’s Lumber Reporter
  • The Beck Group’s Sawmill TQ
  • Timber Supply Analysis 
  • Global Economic Data

Explore Forest2Market's Interactive Business Intelligence Platform

Learn More

Industries

From biomass suppliers in the Baltics to pulp producers in Brazil and TIMOs in the United States, Forest2Market provides products and services for suppliers, producers and other stakeholders in the global forest products industry.

Learn More
x
 
Blog

Annual Australian Woodchip Exports Down 21.3% Year-Ended April

June 30, 2020
Author: Tim Woods

Australia’s combined annual exports of hardwood and softwood woodchips for the twelve-months-ended April 2020 were recorded at 5.728 million bone dried metric tons (bdmt). Monthly export volumes began dropping around the middle of 2019 and have not been above the 500,000 bdmt mark since October 2019.

Hardwood chips make up the majority of Australian exports. Their annual volume fell 23.5% across the year to total 5.165 million bdmt, well below the 6 million bdmt per annum mark, and the lowest annual total since October 2015.

Always variable, total exports of softwood increased, albeit off a smaller base, up 7.8% compared to the prior 12 months, to total 562,335 bdmt for the year-ended April 2020.

The chart displays total woodchip exports on a monthly basis.

Australian Woodchips Exports: Jan ’17 – Apr ’20 (kbdmt)

WME_June_1

Note: Selected countries

 

Examined month-on-month, April 2020 saw the monthly export volumes decrease again, after a small lift in March. Combined exports of Hardwood and Softwood were recorded at 397,335 bdmt in April, (367,092 bdmt Hardwood, 30,243 bdmt Softwood). This monthly total sits well below the 477,296 bdmt average monthly export volume for the 12-months to April.

Based on our monitoring of ship movements, we anticipate May’s export volumes will be 342,675 bdmt. We project June’s exports will fall to 217,971 bdmt.

As the latest edition of Wood Market Edge was being finalized, IndustryEdge’s vessel tracking observed only three vessels in transit to Australia and one in port, with 8 departures anticipated in June.

The table below shows Australia’s woodchip export volumes for April, and IndustryEdge’s May estimate and June projection.

WME_June_2

The slowdown is definitely on. The question is how long it will last. For more detailed analyses of the Australasian wood market, including specific export data and price movements, visit IndustryEdge or click below.

IndustryEdge Free Product Demonstration

 

Back to Blog

You May Also be Interested In

August 10, 2020
Australian Softwood Log Exports Surged in June
Australia’s softwood log exports exploded to a new monthly record in June, with total exports reaching a massive...
Continue Reading
August 04, 2020
NZ Log Exports Crossed 2 Million M3 Threshold in June
New Zealand’s softwood log exports totaled 2.022 million cubic meters (m3) in June, crossing the 2.0 million m3...
Continue Reading
May 13, 2020
Australia: Demand for New Housing & Lumber Collapses
In March 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the global economy, there were 15,386 new dwellings approved in...
Continue Reading