NELMA Mills Shipping at a 6-Year High for 2013 Through May

Overall shipments of lumber reported by NELMA’s manufacturing members are at a 6-year high through the first 5 months of 2013 when compared with data for the same time period back to 2008.  A total of 337.2 million board feet has been shipped in 2013 through May which includes 171 million board feet of Dimension lumber and 166.2 million board feet of Eastern White Pine.  Comparing the same first 5 months of data between 2013 and 2012, Dimension shipments are slightly down (-2%) while Eastern White Pine increased by 6%.  Looking at individual monthly shipments for Eastern White Pine, record volumes were recorded for the months of January, March, April, and May based on the 6 years of data available.  The graphs below provide additional shipment information by month for both Dimension and Eastern White Pine lumber: