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 January 17, 2020 January 10, 2020 4-week average 52-weeks average
2x4 eastern spruce-pine-fir (Canadian dollars)Footnote a 540 540 540 513
Composite (U.S. dollars)Footnote a 379 377 376 359
2x4 western spruce-pine-fir (kiln dried) #2 and better (U.S. dollars)Footnote b 402 402 399 375
2x4 western spruce-pine-fir (kiln dried) Utility #3 (U.S. dollars)Footnote b 272 272 269 289
 
 

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" 4-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 January 17, 2020 January 10, 2020 4-week average 52-week average
CompositeFootnote a 339 340 339 349
15/32" 4-ply exterior (south)Footnote a 348 353 351 369
9.5mm 4-ply exterior (west)Footnote b 379 385 384 417
7/16" oriented strand board (north central)Footnote b 280 275 276 266
 
 

Pulp prices

Figure 3: Monthly pulp prices

U.S. dollars per metric ton

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.
  December 2019 November 2019 3-months average 12-months average
Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (U.S.) 1,120 1,120 1,120 1,243
Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (Europe) 820 820 820 945
Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (China) 570 580 577 626
Bleached chemithermomechanical pulp (China)Footnote b 475 465 465 485
 
 

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.
  January 17, 2020 January 10, 2020 4-week average 52-week average
U.S.—Euro 1.113 1.113 1.114 1.118
Canada—U.S. 0.766 0.768 0.766 0.755
 
Source: Federal Reserve