Summer break mutes softwood saw log prices in Austria

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Sales of building products made of wood in Austria fell significantly in July 2022. The sawmill industry is also sufficiently stocked with softwood saw logs due to strong deliveries in the 2nd quarter. According to the Chamber of Agriculture, demand is currently correspondingly low. Announced over the summer months longer company holidays and inspection shutdowns to stabilize the market are also muting demand. The price for the leading range of spruce, A/B, 2b has been reduced by up to €15 per FMO.

The storms in Carinthia also caused damage to the forest, but the amounts are manageable. However, in combination with the increased amount of beetle wood in Upper Carinthia and East Tyrol, the log market in this region is under pressure.

The reduced incision in the sawmill industry has reduced the supply of sawmill by-products. The demand for softwood logs is therefore brisk. Quantities made available are quickly transported away and taken over. Prices have been able to increase or have continued to strengthen. Red beech pulpwood is also in high demand, and prices have also increased here. Ash fiber wood can be sold to various buyers without any problems.

Lower availability and massively increased prices for fossil-based energy products lead to lively demand for all types of energy wood. Following the laws of the market, prices were able to increase. For quality firewood, which has a lead time of up to 2 years due to the drying time, the skyrocketing demand significantly exceeds the supply. The fact that customers stock up on firewood in excess of their own annual requirements exacerbates the excess demand.

A table with all current prices you find here.

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