Sawmill operators across Canada and the US chopped softwood lumber prices by a wide margin in response to: wavering demand; both surpluses and shortages with supply (depending on who was being asked for which commodity); and, yet more transportation issues. A two-tiered market was in full force, as stocking wholesalers, reloads, and secondary suppliers offered steep discounts on whatever inventory they considered surplus, even as supply became tight following producer curtailments all across the continent. Timber harvesting, an activity which normally operates under “social distancing”, continued at a robust pace as ...
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