Europe’s log and lumber trade will change drastically as timber harvests in central Europe decline and imports from Russia come to a halt

STOCKHOLM, March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Central European roundwood markets are at a turning point, according to the Foucs report from Wood Resources International LLC. Over the past four years, forests have suffered extensive damage from a spruce beetle outbreak across much of the region, resulting in a temporary increase in harvest, production timber and the export of logs. The infestation in the Czech Republic and Germany has resulted in record timber harvests in recent years. As a result, from 2017 to 2021, annual roundwood removals increased by 15% and to an unsustainable level. The amount of wood damaged by bark beetles peaked in 2019, decreasing by 5% in 2020 and 24% in 2021. The volume of damaged wood is expected to drop 10-20% per year, returning to near average levels at long term. by 2025.

The new Focus report, Central European Roundwood Markets – Softwood Supply Outlook provides information on the evolution of Central Europe’s timber supply up to 2030. It also covers the implications for the region’s forest industries and the likely impact on global softwood log and timber markets work.

The increased timber supply was absorbed by domestic sawmills (~60%) and increased sawlog and pulp exports (~40%). The additional supply of timber at competitive prices has helped the Central European sawmill industry to grow, taking advantage of strong timber markets in Europe and globally in 2020-21. In addition, the increased supply of sawdust and wood chips to sawmills has allowed for growth in the production of wood pellets and panels.

With timber harvests having peaked, log exporters and consumers will have to adjust to a reduced supply of softwood logs in the years to come. Central European lumber production will decline from current record levels, and the region could shift from being a net exporter of logs to becoming a net importer again. Furthermore, Russia invasion of Ukraine resulted in import sanctions on virtually all forest products Russia and Belarus for Europewhich included nearly 14 million m3 logs and nine million m3 of softwood lumber in 2021.

The reduction in wood supply in central Europe and Russia invasion of Ukraine will impact the production of European industry, trade flows and prices of forest products for many years to come. Sawmills will need to refocus on conversion efficiency and small diameter sawing capabilities, fiber industries should consider other species and sources of wood fiber, and forest owners would benefit from better forest management. intensive. In addition, international markets will have to adjust to the reduced supply of European exports of softwood logs and lumber.

The excerpt above is taken from the Focus report which has just been released “Softwood Supply in Central Europe – Limited Industry Growth After Bark beetles” published by Wood Resources International LLC and O’Kelly Acumen. For more information on the study or to inquire about purchasing the 80-page report, please contact either Hakan Ekstrom ([email protected]) Where Glen O’Kelly ([email protected]). Additionally, a table of contents of the report is available on our website. Click here!


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