Over the last six months we have witnessed one of the most volatile periods in forest product markets we've seen in recent times. Log export prices started increasing from the second half of 2020, as did freight rates. This seemed contradictory given the world suffered a major shock to its economic system, not unlike the financial crisis of 2009 to which it is often compared. The response to the coronavirus pandemic interrupted production, forced businesses to close and workers were laid off. Once the threat was established, China quickly took action ...
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