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Pacific Northwest lumber and log exports jump in fourth quarter 2012



PORTLAND, OR , Feb. 20, 2013 (RISI) - 

Lumber exports to China from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska rebounded in the fourth quarter of 2012, increasing to 89.4 million board feet, an increase of 97.2% compared to the third quarter of the year, according to the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station. At the same time, total lumber exports to all countries from the West coast increased about 21%, from 185.6 million board feet in the third quarter of 2012 to 224.2 million board feet. The total 2012 volume of lumber exported from the West coast represents about 29% of the total U.S. lumber exports.

Fourth-quarter total log exports from the West coast were over 4.4% higher than they were in 2011 because of a 19% increase in shipments to China. The total 2012 volume of logs exported from the West coast represents about 60% of the total U.S. log exports.

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