The market for sawn timber gradually deteriorated towards the end of 2014 and the uncertainty in the market remains. On account of the market situation, Södra is making a minor adjustment to the prices of its sawable softwood range. Conversely, the trend for sawn hardwood timber is positive and demand is favourable, thereby meaning that an upward adjustment can be made for birch and oak logs.
The price of spruce and pine saw logs and small dimension softwood will be reduced by SEK 20 per cubic metre solid under bark (m³fub). The price of birch and oak logs will be raised by SEK 30 per cubic metre solid under bark (m³fub).
Meanwhile, Södra is coordinating forces to deal with timber in the aftermath of Storm Egon.
“It is crucial that we now quickly come to grips with the volume of storm-felled forest so that we are able to plan the work and process the windblown trees before forest protection problems arise. We therefore urge all forest owners to speedily take an inventory of their properties and contact their forestry operations area to sign a contract,” says Håkan Larsson, President of the Södra Skog business area.
The new prices will apply as of 16 February 2015 and, until that date, it is possible to sign a contract at the current price levels.