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Market Brief

May 17, 2018 - Sawmills reported that production was increasing, and many have increased operating hours. The better weather has allowed increased logging, and most mills are working to take full advantage of good markets and the higher prices being paid for lumber. A big question for many continues to be the potential impacts of the Chinese ban on hardwood logs not fumigated in the U.S. The situation will mostly likely be “resolved” within the next 60 days; either by China allowing treatment at Asian ports or by buyers paying the added costs of fumigation in the U.S.