US sawmills produced 2.798 bbf of softwood lumber in November, down 3.1% year-over-year from 2.889 bbf, down 10.7% from October’s 3.134 bbf; Canadian output was 2.029 bbf, up 0.5% year-over-year from 2.019 bbf, up 4.4% from October’s 1.944 bbf: WWPA

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LOS ANGELES , February 9, 2022 () –

U.S. sawmills in November produced 2.798 billion board ft. (bbf) of softwood lumber, down 3.1% from the 2.889 bbf produced in November 2020, and down 10.7% compared with October 2021’s 3.134 bbf, according to the Western Wood Products Assn.’s Lumber Track report for November, dated Feb. 9. 

Western U.S. sawmills in November contributed 1.149 bbf to the total, up 1.9% from the prior year’s 1.128 bbf, while output from Southern sawmills was down 6.6% year-over-year to 1.523 bbf from 1.631 bbf.  Compared with October 2021, Western sawmill production was down 4.5% and Southern output was down 15.0%.

In the first eleven months of 2021, U.S. lumber production was 34.169 bbf, up 1.3% year-over-year from 33.739 bbf.

Apparent U.S. softwood lumber consumption in November was 3.953 bbf, down 4.9% from 4.156 bbf in November 2020 and down 9.2% compared with October’s 4.352 bbf. For the first eleven months of 2021, U.S. lumber consumption was 47.541 bbf, up 2.0% from 46.595 bbf a year earlier.

U.S. production as a percentage of practical capacity averaged 80% in November, down from 90% in November 2020 and down from October. For the first eleven months of 2021, U.S. production as a percentage of practical capacity averaged 84%, down from 86% a year earlier.

U.S. inventories in November were up 3.4% year-over-year to 3.057 bbf from 2.956 bbf.

Canadian softwood lumber industry activity

Canadian sawmills in November produced 2.029 bbf of softwood lumber, up 0.5% from November 2020’s 2.019 bbf, and up 4.4% from October’s 1.944 bbf.

British Columbia mills accounted for 753 million board feet (mmbf) of the November total, down 1.0% compared with November 2020’s 760 mmbf and down 0.1% compared with October’s 754 mmbf.

Sawmills east of the Rockies in November produced 1.276 bbf, up 1.4% from 1.259 bbf in November 2020 and up 7.2% compared with October’s 1.190 bbf.

In the first eleven months of 2021, Canadian lumber mills produced 22.084 bbf, up 4.2% year-over-year from 21.202 bbf. British Columbia mills produced 8.683 bbf of the total, up 6.2% year-over-year, and mills east of the Rockies produced 13.401 bbf, up 2.8% year-over-year.

Apparent Canadian softwood lumber consumption in November was 531 mmbf, down 23.3% from November 2020’s 692 mmbf, and down 0.1% from October. 

Canadian production as a percentage of practical capacity in November averaged 82%, down from 92% a year ago and up from 78% in October. For the first eleven months of 2021, Canadian production as a percentage of capacity was 80%, up from 79% in the same period for 2020.

Canadian softwood lumber inventories in November were up 8.7% year-over-year to 3.002 bbf from 2.762 bbf.

The primary source of this article is Lumber Track for November 2021, sent out by the Western Wood Products Assn., Portland, Oregon, on Feb. 9, 2022
 

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