The lumber shipment data provided by NELMA mills for the first 6 months of 2018 continues to outpace previous records for the same time period! Overall data for the 3 categories (Eastern White Pine, Dimension, and Great Lakes) show total shipments of 795 million board feet through Quarter 2, some 2.8% ahead of the previous year’s record. The Great Lakes mills led the way with a 4.7% increase from 2017, shipping a total of 278 billion board feet. Dimension mills from the Northeast increased shipments by 3.8% with a total of 300.5 billion board feet. Eastern White Pine shipments remained steady with the previous year, with 216.5 million board feet through June. May of 2018 was a record month for the Northeast mills, totaling 93.3 million board feet, beating the previous monthly high set in October of 2017!
See graphs below for further monthly analysis from 2007 to 2018 for all 3 NELMA Categories: