Latvia: Average roundwood purchase prices in 2014

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During the second half of 2014 the average cost of birch veneer logs in Latvia was up 13 per cent compared to the first six months of the year. On average, Latvian category A veneer logs cost €86.56 per cubic metre during this period, according to figures released by the Latvian Central Statistical Bureau (CSB).

The notable growth in the purchase prices of veneer logs can be explained with the increasing demand for this type of timber in production of birch plywood, sawn timber and furniture. Veneer logs have reached large sales volumes both on the Latvian and foreign markets due to the development of the construction sector and availability of credits, CSB informs.

Compared to the 2nd half of 2013, purchase prices of category A veneer logs have increased on average by 22 euros/m3 without VAT or by 33%. Purchase prices of category B veneer logs in the 2nd half of 2014 compared to the 1st half of 2014 grew on average by 2% or by 1 euro/m3 without VAT.

In the 2nd half of 2014 (vs. H1/2014) the greatest drop in the coniferous roundwood sector was recorded for pine sawlogs with the diameter over 26 cm - on average of 5% or 4 euros/m3 without VAT. Purchase prices of pine sawlogs diameter of 14 - 18 cm did not change and were 69 euros/m3 without VAT. Compared to the previous period purchase prices of spruce sawlogs with the diameter of 18 – 26 cm and 14 - 18 cm decreased by 2% or on average by 1 - 2 euros/m3 without VAT depending on the roundwood diameter.

Compared to the 1st half of 2014 the average purchase prices of birch sawlogs with the diameter of 18 - 24 cm in the 2nd half of 2014 grew on average by 4% or by 2 euros/m3 without VAT.

Purchase prices of black alder sawlogs with the diameter over 24 cm grew by 7% or on average by 3 euros/m3 without VAT. In turn, purchase prices of black alder sawlogs with the diameter of 18 - 24 cm dropped by 6% or on average by 2 euros/ m3 without VAT. Purchase prices of aspen sawlogs have increased slightly - on average by 2%.

Average purchase prices of roundwood in Latvia (euros/m3 without VAT)

Roundwood assortments

2013

2014

H1

H2

H1

H2

Pine

diameter up to 14 cm

43.21

45.60

50.16

48.32

diameter 14 -18 cm

64.37

65.55

69.68

69.37

diameter 18 -26 cm

67.39

68.18

73.60

72.31

diameter over 26 cm

73.92

76.11

78.48

74.50

Spruce

diameter up to 14 cm

46.77

47.71

52.61

48.09

diameter 14 -18 cm

66.19

67.52

71.21

70.05

diameter 18 -26 cm

74.22

71.30

74.04

72.27

diameter over 26 cm

75.08

76.44

75.08

74.27

Birch

diameter 18 -24 cm

49.26

49.53

53.19

55.54

diameter over 24 cm

59.08

59.45

64.63

65.24

Black alder

diameter 18 -24 cm

37.02

38.73

37.13

34.88

diameter over 24 cm

43.51

43.54

39.50

42.17

Aspen

diameter 18 -24 cm

37.34

38.32

38.30

36.53

diameter over 24 cm

43.44

44.17

43.67

44.55

Birch veneer logs

Category A

59.53

65.11

76.76

86.56

Category B

54.47

58.95

62.69

63.87

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

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