Total shipments of Dimension and Eastern White Pine lumber through the Third Quarter of 2017 (January to September) continue on their record pace levels overall for the year. Dimension lumber from the Northeast, primarily construction grades stamped SPFs, recorded shipments during the first 9 months totaling 429.7 million board feet, some 12% above the same period in 2016. Eastern White Pine lumber shipments added another 328.6 million board feet, about even when compared to same three quarters of the previous year. The Great Lakes region recorded shipments of 399.5 million board feet, slightly down in comparison with same time in 2016 by 2.2%.
For all regions of NELMA, a total of 1.16 billion board feet was shipped to the marketplace from January through September, a 3.1% increase from 2016. Graphics of shipments by month for Dimension, Eastern White Pine, and the Great Lakes are provided below: