Timber Exchange trade statistics June of 2022

2022 07 14
  • In June, the State Forest Enterprise announced 140 auctions. They offered a total of 82.6 thousand. m3 of timber products. Compared to May, the amount of timber offered increased by a small margin (less than 1%) and the share of timber sold decreased by 17%. Auctions were organized by 25 departments of SFE.
  • In June, the timber SPOT index recorded 77.79 Eur/m3. Comparing the index with the corresponding period last year, a growth of 33.8% is visible. Compared to May – 1% growth.
  • The most significant price changes were recorded in the assortment of firewood and panel wood, the price of which increased by 19% (up to 70.26 Eur/m3). Comparing the price with the same period last year, growth reaches 194%.

Baltpool Timber Price (SPOT) Index

Global timber market

TImber prices in the US fell sharply in June after reaching record levels last year. Some argue that this decline points to an impending recession in the US economy. At the same time, analysts predict that the volatility of wood prices is over. This is, of course, closely related to the US housing market. Homebuilding appears to be going through a period of transition, with the sector caught between soaring interest rates and declining affordability, and ongoing supply chain constraints that are delaying home renovations and construction projects.

The military conflict on the territory of Ukraine caused by Russia continues to cause problems in the European market.

Much of the wood raw materials and semi-finished products used by European manufacturers used to come from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, but alternatives are being sought, putting upward pressure on prices. Architectural firms report that prices for oak and birch solid plywood have doubled in the past few months, while other structural woods have risen by about 20 percent. All this indicates that in Europe in the near future it will be particularly difficult to predict a fall in wood prices.

Another important aspect that will affect the wood market in Europe is the changing EU regulatory environment. Much of the recent policy attention in the forest products sector has been devoted to the draft EU deforestation regulation. However, an important feature of European Commissioner Sinkevičius’ report to the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on May 30 and another report he gave to EU agriculture ministers on the same day was to emphasize that the deforestation regulation is only one of many proposed measures in the European Green Deal scope. Together, all these measures will aim to ensure that EU climate, energy, transport and tax policy support by 2030 would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55%. Many of these measures could have far-reaching implications for EU trade in all forest products.

Trade in TOP timber assortments in ETTS short-term auctions

Trade in TOP assortments in ETTS short-term auctions

Assortments Quantity, sq. m Change in quantity per month Quantity percentage in the scope of TOP 5 assortments Price, Eur/sq.m Change in price per month Change in price per year
Baltpool Timber Spot index Index      50,135 -47% 100.0%        77.79 7% 60%
PJ (spruce, pine, birch); B/C; St,Vd; L2, L3 9,555 150% 19.1% 112.90 -9% -11%
PJ (spruce, pine, birch); D; St,Vd; L2, L3 15,635 10% 31.2% 93.11 -13% -7%
TR (deciduous, conifers) 15,965 116% 31.8% 90.74 1% 11%
PP (spruce, pine, birch) 4,580 18220% 9.1% 77.17 7% 120%
PM, ML (class II and III calorific value) 4,400 214% 8.8% 70.26 19% 194%
Felling residues, covered felling residues 0 0.0%

Trade in regional units of the State Forest Enterprise in short-term auctions

Timber assortments sold at ETTS short-term auctions


KA – felling residues; KAD – covered felling residues; KAK – felling residues at cleared space; KL – hard leafy short timber; ML – firewood; PM – panel timber; PJ – sawn logs; PP – pulpwood; TR – packing logs; St – large-sized timber, small-end diameter ≥32 cm; Vd – medium-sized timber, small-end diameter 20-31 cm; Sm – small-sized timber, small-end diameter ≤19 cm; L1 – assortment length class, ≤2.9 m; L2 – assortment length class, 3.0 – 3.9 m; L3 – assortment length class, 4.0 – 6.0 m; L4 – assortment length class, 6.1 – 8.9 m.