China passes U.S. as B.C. lumber buyer

Chinese buyers purchased $122 million worth of B.C. lumber in May, surpassing the value of lumber shipments to the United States for the first time ever.

Sawmill production in B.C. is on the upswing

Chinese buyers purchased $122 million worth of B.C. lumber in May, surpassing the value of lumber shipments to the United States for the first time ever.

A record monthly volume of 746,000 cubic metres of lumber was shipped to China in May, according to figures released Sunday by the B.C. government. In the first five months of 2011, 2.8 million cubic metres of lumber have gone to China, more than double the same period last year based on value as well as volume.

Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell credited the efforts of governments and industry to promote sales and wood construction over the past eight years.

“In only five months, we’ve shipped the equivalent of over 76,000 containers of wood to China, the equivalent production of approximately 14 typical Interior sawmills over this period,” Bell said.

Adding up sales to Japan, Korea and other Asian destinations, the first five months of the year totalled $776 million, nearly half of B.C.’s total exports. Sales to the U.S. totalled $661 million during the same period.

The prolonged housing slump in the U.S. has taken its toll on U.S. sales. In the first five months of 2010, U.S. sales accounted for $815 million, or 58 per cent of B.C.’s total sales.

Total production from B.C. sawmills has climbed this year due to demand from Asia, recovering from the U.S. market collapse that began in 2007.

Just Posted

Ferry connecting Port Hardy and Bella Coola expected to set sail this summer

Its first in-service route will sail in central coast waters on May 18, 2019.

BC Parks Student Ranger Program accepting applications for 2019 season

12 crews of four student rangers will work in regions throughout the province including Bella Coola.

Over $650,00 given to rural communities thanks to Rural Dividends

Five communities, including Williams Lake, are receiving $10,000 for project grants

Pregnant Cariboo firefighter tries to save own house from blaze

Julia Flinton and Anthony Sellars both worked on the 2017 wildfires

Road report for Highway 20

Fog patches and slippery sections; Drive BC

REPLAY: B.C’s best videos this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

Most Read