Total shipments of lumber from all NELMA lumber manufacturers for 2017 have exceeded previous record volumes, with a total of 1.53 billion board feet reported to the Association. The 12-month record pace was led by the Northeastern dimension mills with 567.99 million board feet of shipments, a 10.5% increase over the previous record set in 2016. Eastern White Pine lumber shipments also hit an all-time high with 434.46 million board feet, a modest 0.2% increase over 2016. Great Lakes dimension mills actually lowered total shipments slightly (-1.5%) from the previous year’s record for a total shipment volume of 529.16 million board feet.
2017 marks the first time that over 1 billion board feet of lumber has been shipped from the Northeastern mills. An annual shipment volume graphic covering the years 2007 to 2017 for the 3 segments is provided below: