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Wood Matters

Log Market – April 2021

Domestic prices for structural and industrial logs increased up to $5 per tonne in many regions in response to the recent price increase for export logs. Prices for pruned logs have remained relatively stable in the North Island with small increases in the South Island.

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Aerial Spraying Workshop for Forest Managers

Every year PF Olsen staff manage and carry out aerial spraying operations across many thousands of hectares of land. Aerial spraying operations cover both forested land (releasing of newly planted areas; Dothistroma control / other sprays for forest health) and bare land in preparation of planting (weed control). From a forestry perspective, aerial spraying operations are one of the more potentially risky operations undertaken, until a forest is harvested.

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Log Market – March 2021

March AWG prices remained the same as February prices. Increased shipping costs for logs to China was mostly covered by increased CFR sale prices. There was little movement in domestic log prices as we come to the end of Quarter 1. April AWG prices will be determined by the relative rises of log prices and shipping costs, while currency movement will also have an impact.

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Log Market - February 2021

Domestic demand for logs and sawn timber remains strong as wood processors around the country struggle to keep up with demand for sawn timber. Most log processors received price increases for domestic sawn timber products in February.

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Farm Forestry New Zealand

The Farm Forestry New Zealand Association has their annual conference coming up in March and Innovatek has their Carbon Forestry 21 conference in June. PF Olsen is supportive of both these events.

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Log Market - December

Domestic demand for logs and sawn timber is strong as wood processors around the country struggle to keep up with demand for sawn timber.

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Log Market - November

Due to the increase in export log prices the PF Olsen Log Price Index increased by $1 in November to $120. The index is currently $1 below the two-year average, $4 below the three-year average, and $3 below the five-year average.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

A joint bid by the New Zealand Exchange (NZX) and the European Energy Exchange (EEX) has been selected to build and operate the government’s auction service for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS). Development of the auction platform is expected to be completed by the first scheduled auction in March 2021.

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Log Market - October

Domestic demand for logs and sawn timber remains strong with regional differences in log supply and demand due to previous mill closures, and increased harvest volumes in the better weather conditions.

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