West Fraser joins
Another Canadian lumber giant
temporarily curtailed production at
four of its British Columbia sawmills over the holiday period.
West Fraser CEO says the
curtailment was because of
“challenging lumber markets and
high log costs coupled with log
supply constraints.” The decision
comes soon after the company
permanently shut down around
300 million board feet of lumber
production at two of its mills for
2019, negatively impacting nearly
Then, in mid-January, the
company opted to curtail production again, this time at three of its
British Columbia sawmills for three
West Fraser isn’t alone in this
decision among British Columbia
lumber manufacturers. Canfor at
first curtailed lumber production in
BC for the fourth quarter of 2018.
Then they extended the curtailment through 2019’s first quarter.
Conifex Timber also shut down
production at one of its BC sawmills for two weeks.
Both Canfor and Conifex cited
high log costs, log supply constraints, falling lumber prices, and
U.S. import tariffs as factors.
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