Current lumber, pulp and panel prices

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Softwood lumber prices

Figure 1: Weekly lumber prices in North America

Weekly lumber prices in North America

Note: Eastern spruce-pine-fir 2x4 #2 and better, Random Lengths composite prices and western spruce-pine-fir 2x4 #2 and better, kiln dried
Sources: 1) Random Lengths, used with publisher's permission
2) Madison's Lumber Reporter, used with permission granted by the publisher

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Table 1: Weekly softwood lumber prices in North America

This table shows weekly softwood lumber prices in North America for the current week, as well as a 4-week and 52 week averages.
Dollars per thousand board feet September 14, 2018 September 7, 2018 4-week average 52-weeks average
2x4 eastern spruce-pine-fir (Canadian dollars)Footnote a 645 668 671 705
Composite (U.S. dollars)Footnote a 441 453 450 482
2x4 western spruce-pine-fir (kiln dried) #2 and better (U.S. dollars)Footnote b 476 482 482 530
2x4 western spruce-pine-fir (kiln dried) Utility #3 (U.S. dollars)Footnote b 340 380 379 403
 
 

Panel prices

Figure 2: Weekly panel prices in North America

U.S. dollars per thousand square feet

Weekly panel prices in North America

Note: Random Lengths structural panels composite prices, 15/32" 3-ply exterior southern, 1/2" 4-ply exterior western and 7/16" oriented strand board (north central)
Sources: 1) Random Lengths, used with publisher's permission
2) Madison's Lumber Reporter, used with permission granted by the publisher

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Table 2: Weekly panel prices in North America

This table shows weekly panel prices in North America for the current week, as well as a 4-week and 52 week averages.
U.S. dollars per thousand square feet September 14, 2018 September 7, 2018 4-week average 52-week average
CompositeFootnote a 477 471 472 506
15/32" 3-ply exterior (south)Footnote a 490 464 469 510
9.5mm 3-ply exterior (west)Footnote b 475 478 477 526
7/16" oriented strand board (north central)Footnote b 450 450 451 502
 
 

Pulp prices

Figure 3: Monthly pulp prices

U.S. dollars per metric tonne

Monthly pulp prices. Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (U.S., Europe and China) and bleached chemithermomechanical (China) prices.

Source: Brian McClay & Associés inc., used with permission granted by the publisher

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Table 3: Monthly pulp pricesFootnote a

This table shows monthly prices of U.S.-NBSK pulp, Europe-NBSK pulp, China-NBSK pulp and China-BCTMP as well as their 3- and 12-month average in U.S. dollars per metric ton.
  August 2018 July 2018 3-months average 12-months average
Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (U.S.) 1405 1375 1377 1345
Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (Europe) 1230 1230 1228 1208
Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (China) 865 910 897 908
Bleached chemithermomechanical pulp (China)Footnote b 595 607.5 608 616
 
 

Exchange rates

Figure 4: Weekly exchange rates

Weekly exchange rates U.S.-Euro and US-Canada exchange rates

Source: Federal Reserve

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Table 4: Weekly exchange rates

This table shows weekly exchange rates for the current week, as well as a 4-week and 52 week averages.
  September 14, 2018 September 7, 2018 4-week average 52-week average
U.S.—Euro 1.163 1.160 1.161 1.191
U.S.—Canada 0.765 0.758 0.764 0.781
 
Source: Federal Reserve