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Big 5 Trade Data Points for 2018

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  1. Softwood log exports – Down 6.4% – Australia’s softwood log exports declined to 4.160 million m3 in 2018, down 6.4% on 2017
  2. Hardwood chip export record – 6.666 million bone dry tonnes – Australia’s hardwood chip exports in 2018 were 6.2% higher than in 2017
  3. Sawn softwood export record – Australia’s imports of sawn softwood products lifted 44.0% over 2018, to reach a record total 1.126 million m3
  4. Hardwood log export record –791,130 m3 – Hardwood log exports hit record levels in 2018, up 34.2% on 2017
  5. Chinese pulp prices decline – USD670/t – After hitting record highs in 2018, the price of Bleached Eucalypt Kraft (BEK) pulp fell sharply in November and December. Australia’s hardwood chips are mainly used in BEK pulp.