NEWS RELEASE · 17th July 2011
Trade figures for May show the value of softwood lumber exported to China has surpassed the U.S., sending powerful signals
about the importance of the Asia Pacific markets for British Columbia's economy and job prospects.
B.C. lumber shipments to China in May 2011 were valued at $122 million compared to the U.S. at $119 million.
May was a record-breaking month for B.C. softwood lumber exports to china with 746,000 cubic metres exported. From January to May, B.C. exported 2.8 million cubic metres to China, up over double from lastyear in both volume and value.
Year-to-date, the value of B.C.'s softwood lumber exports to all Asian destinations has now surpassed the total value of shipments to the U.S.
The Province and the forest industry have been working together since 2003 to diversify the market for B.C. forest products by expanding into China.
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell - "For the first time ever, the China market has surpassed the U.S. in value. This is the result of years of hard work by the provincial government and industry. In only five months, we've shipped the equivalent of over 76,000 containers of wood to China - the equivalent production of approximately 14 typical Interior sawmills over this period. These shipments represent family-supporting jobs across the province and the continued success of our rural B.C. communities."
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson - "We continue to see staggering growth in the amount of wood we export to China, so I'm not surprised that in May we shattered another record for lumber exports to the world's fastest growing economy. This is great news for British Columbians who depend on the forest sector for jobs that support their families."
-B.C. lumber shipments to China in May 2011 were the largest monthly volumes ever, reaching 746,000 cubic metres of softwood lumber valued at $122 million and surpassing shipments to the U.S. of $119 million. This was up 157 per cent by volume over the same month last year (172 per cent by value).
-Value of B.C.'s softwood lumber exports to all Asian destinations in the first five months of 2011 - $776 million or 49.5 per cent of the total value of lumber exports year-to-date.
-Value of B.C.'s softwood lumber exports to the U.S. in the first five months of 2011 - $661 million or 42 per cent of the total value of lumber exports year-to-date.
-B.C.'s softwood lumber exports to China (including Hong Kong) of 2.8 million cubic metres from January to May are the equivalent of approximately 76,000 containers measured in 20-foot equivalent units or "TEUs".
-During the same five-month period in 2010, B.C. sales to Asia amounted to $464 million (32 per cent of total lumber exports), while shipments to the U.S. were $815 million (58 per cent of total sales).
Why do japanese by BC wood from China?
Comment by M. Craven on 20th July 2011
Isn't it strange that Japan is buying BC wood from China? I live in Tokyo and I personally know many members of Japan's parliament. Right now Japan needs BC wood for rebuilding after the quakes which continue to plague the island. I hope that BC can get it's act together and start marketing their resources more effectively so Canadians can have new jobs created. You should ask your Federal Ministers this question.
Lumber or raw logs?
Comment by Ed on 19th July 2011
Just a question. Is all these lumber exports mean raw logs or lumber sawn up in our sawmills?
My point was...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 19th July 2011
There is no breakdown. Total value of exports or total volume does not tell you how much was dimensional lumber and how much was raw log or cants. It would be worth knowing but we are not told.
Comment by James Ippel on 19th July 2011
You probably missed the part about the Pr.Geo.
mills relying on the Asian market to export their "lumber."
If you were to take the time to sit on Hiway 16 and count the number of Super B's loaded with dimensional lumber going to Pr. Rupert you would understand that not all of the exports are in raw log form.
On one short trip (3 1/2 hrs) we counted 18 trucks westbound. These trucks run , as far as I know, around the clock, 5 days aweek. Visit the old pulp mill site on Watson Island and you will see the vast amounts of dimensional lumber waiting for ships. All of this comes from mills along the Hiway 16 corridor, but sadly not from
Terrace. The piles of lumber are the results of a lot of people working.
And in the meantime...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 19th July 2011
...we lose all those milling jobs because we don't export dimensional lumber. Short term gain for long term pain doesn't make a lot of sense.
Comment by Ian on 18th July 2011
Actually I find that this says alot. The sales of timber to the largest populated area on the earth doesn't surprise.
The US. has been in a down turn for sometime.
Listening to the CBC on Saturday, Mr Pat Bell had stated that the Mills in PG are solely dependant on the China market.
I believe that this market will grow considerably as their standard of living increases. China knows that if they stop importing the direct effect of imports to this country will be affectted.
The concern I have is that if the US is using Canada to help reduce the 15 Trillion owed by the US to China. That should make good table foder.
Thanks for the update Merv.
News releases don't say much.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 18th July 2011
All this does not mean very much unless we know how many jobs a cubic metre of wood exported created here in BC. If we kept that statistic over a period of a decade we would know whether we are getting value for the wood harvested. The ministry doesn't want those figures to come out.
Publishing total volumes, even total value does not tell us if we are getting good value for our trees.
Comment by ugh on 18th July 2011
Wheres the citation for the poached Province article?
Editor Note: You see, this is the problem today with our media. The government writes a news release and the Mainstream media post it as if they wrote it and did all the investigative work themselves. And you flippin believe it!
When we get a news release, we publish it word for word and label it a news release! Facinating eh?
Here is the opening text of the release;
For Immediate Release
July 17, 2011
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
Softwood lumber exports to China surpass U.S. for first time
VICTORIA - Trade figures for May show the value of softwood lumber
exported to China has surpassed the U.S., sending powerful signals
about the importance of the Asia Pacific markets for British Columbia's
economy and job prospects.
So now write all the other mainstream media and demand they tell you when they are just repeating the government message, we do.