Sales of softwood lumber remain strong during usual seasonal slowdown

By Madison’s Lumber Reporter

At a time when end-users have usually received delivery for expected building needs until after September, demand for North American construction framing dimension Softwood Lumber remained strong last week. Already with order files into the end of September, sawmills quoted higher on prices for product that was nowhere near a production date. Customer inventories were so lean and supply so weak that some Lumber commodity items were impossible to find. When volumes were located buyers agreed to any price whatsoever, as long as they were assured delivery. Even if that wouldn’t be for six weeks.