Indicator forest and wood

Raw wood prices

Wood is an important natural resource. It is renewable, climate-neutral, recyclable and suitable for use as an energy source. For this reason, it is important for wood to be harvested as efficiently and sustainably as possible. Production costs and sales revenues are decisive factors in wood harvesting and use. Prices depend on natural disasters like storms, the international markets and the current economic situation. Producers can do very little to influence them.

Assessment of the state
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Assessment of the trend
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Energy wood (firewood) 2016: 100.4364 Energy wood (firewood) 2015: 100 Energy wood (firewood) 2014: 106.1334 Energy wood (firewood) 2013: 103.275 Energy wood (firewood) 2012: 100.1204 Energy wood (firewood) 2011: 103.6105 Energy wood (firewood) 2010: 101.5575 Energy wood (firewood) 2009: 99.5484 Energy wood (firewood) 2008: 98.9701 Energy wood (firewood) 2007: 96.2202 Energy wood (firewood) 2006: 92.1912 Energy wood (firewood) 2005: 87.4074 Energy wood (firewood) 2004: 84.204 Energy wood (firewood) 2003: 82.3339 Energy wood (firewood) 2002: 79.1496 Energy wood (firewood) 2001: 82.4834 Energy wood (firewood) 2000: 79.5983 Industrial wood 2016: 95.4258 Industrial wood 2015: 100 Industrial wood 2014: 110.0231 Industrial wood 2013: 107.8295 Industrial wood 2012: 97.078 Industrial wood 2011: 106.8696 Industrial wood 2010: 108.8482 Industrial wood 2009: 109.1499 Industrial wood 2008: 110.0614 Industrial wood 2007: 116.9672 Industrial wood 2006: 111.9929 Industrial wood 2005: 83.6919 Industrial wood 2004: 80.7206 Industrial wood 2003: 80.0793 Industrial wood 2002: 79.5161 Industrial wood 2001: 81.127 Industrial wood 2000: 88.13 Sawnwood: hardwood 2016: 98.5877 Sawnwood: hardwood 2015: 100 Sawnwood: hardwood 2014: 99.8794 Sawnwood: hardwood 2013: 94.7616 Sawnwood: hardwood 2012: 86.19 Sawnwood: hardwood 2011: 96.0889 Sawnwood: hardwood 2010: 99.9149 Sawnwood: hardwood 2009: 102.2868 Sawnwood: hardwood 2008: 108.5353 Sawnwood: hardwood 2007: 115.0739 Sawnwood: hardwood 2006: 108.6501 Sawnwood: hardwood 2005: 101.4304 Sawnwood: hardwood 2004: 97.5392 Sawnwood: hardwood 2003: 114.3607 Sawnwood: hardwood 2002: 125.9041 Sawnwood: hardwood 2001: 137.8683 Sawnwood: hardwood 2000: 129.5547 Sawnwood: softwood 2016: 98.7666 Sawnwood: softwood 2015: 100 Sawnwood: softwood 2014: 110.5631 Sawnwood: softwood 2013: 106.556 Sawnwood: softwood 2012: 101.6438 Sawnwood: softwood 2011: 106.6508 Sawnwood: softwood 2010: 120.0308 Sawnwood: softwood 2009: 112.8108 Sawnwood: softwood 2008: 118.3734 Sawnwood: softwood 2007: 121.127 Sawnwood: softwood 2006: 105.419 Sawnwood: softwood 2005: 86.0672 Sawnwood: softwood 2004: 82.4707 Sawnwood: softwood 2003: 85.4852 Sawnwood: softwood 2002: 89.6116 Sawnwood: softwood 2001: 85.8665 Sawnwood: softwood 2000: 65.5022 Raw wood 2016: 99.0241 Raw wood 2015: 100 Raw wood 2014: 106.3962 Raw wood 2013: 102.3727 Raw wood 2012: 96.8357 Raw wood 2011: 102.7128 Raw wood 2010: 112.2729 Raw wood 2009: 107.7388 Raw wood 2008: 112.6753 Raw wood 2007: 115.7184 Raw wood 2006: 103.4397 Raw wood 2005: 85.5512 Raw wood 2004: 84.4298 Raw wood 2003: 89.6271 Raw wood 2002: 94.3864 Raw wood 2001: 94.6333 Raw wood 2000: 79.2342
Producer price index for raw wood by intended use; basis Sept.-Oct. 2015 = 100. (until 2014 Sept.-Dec. previous measurement period). The indicator is used to observe the framework conditions that play a decisive role in reaching the goals of the Wood Resource Policy and the Forest Policy 2020.

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: FSO price statistics, wood prices
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Comment

Following the cyclone Lothar in late 1999, there was an oversupply of wood and prices fell dramatically. They have recovered since 2005, which has made it possible to increase wood harvesting. The reasons behind the increase in prices are the general scarcity and the increasing price of raw materials, increasing processing capacities, and stronger demand for fuelwood. In the aftermath of the real estate crisis in 2007/2008 and its subsequent impact on the building sector, the prices for stemwood and industrial wood fell further.

The average price for hardwood has fallen continuously in the last fifteen years. The market demand for softwood for material applications, such as construction, is greater.

International comparison

Price statistics of the UNECE, FAO and Eurostat absolute prices are only comparable to a limited degree because customs, usages and definitions differ somewhat. However, the trends can be compared through indexation.

Method

The data are obtained from a survey of cantonal forestry services. They are subject to the calculation of the index based on a weighted matrix.

 
Last updated on: 27.11.2018

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