Sweden: Large increase on delivery timber price in 2018
The increase of delivery prices in Sweden was larger in 2018 than it has been for several years, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. Both sawlog and pulpwood prices increased in the whole country during 2018.
Delivery purchase is a method which means that the forest owner himself, with or without the help of employees or contractors, delivers the work on the roadside. Delivery prices account for some 8 percent of the total sold quantity.
Pulpwood prices rose by 13 percent compared to 2017, which is the largest increase since 2008. In the Northern region the increase was 8 percent, Central and South regions both had price increases of 13 percent. Every quarter of the year showed prices increase in comparison to the same quarter in 2017.
During the fourth quarter 2018 the price of pulpwood increased by 5 percent compared to the third quarter 2018. The Northern region had the highest increase, 8 percent, while the increase in the Central region was 6 percent and 3 percent in the Southern region.
Sawlogs had a 7 percent delivery price increase during 2018 in comparison with 2017, which is the largest increase since 2010. The increase in the Northern region was 5 percent, 6 percent in the Central region and 7 percent in the Southern region.
The fourth quarter 2018 had sawlog prices increase by 1 percent compared to the third quarter. The increase was 2 percent in the Northern region, 1 percent in the Southern region and unchanged in the Central region.
Please note that the average prices are volume-weighted roundwood quantities. These prices refer to current prices, which do not take inflation into account.