Wednesday, 08 April 2020 16:44

Tropical Hardwood Lumber Updates

The current situation in the market coming into 2020, has certainly not been what anyone had anticipated.

At our tropical hardwood yard in Cove City, NC, the facility remains open as the forest products industry is considered an essential business. However, we have been very mindful of implementing all necessary safety measures at all of our facilities and our production is reduced as we have implemented extra distance between our employees. While the majority of our customers remain open today, the current situation is constantly involving and necessitates different measures at different times.IMG 01092

With this in mind, we are still open, and we are still shipping hardwood lumber. But what is going on in the world of tropical hardwoods?

Currently, we still have some shipments are coming and the ports and truckers are still working to bring the product to us and we have not canceled any contracts with our suppliers. However, our future purchases are extremely limited at this time.

Despite this, we have a great selection of inventory to sell from. Shipments from Africa are coming in slower today, and there are a limited amount of containers available for export. This is the same problem that is showing up in the US in regards to shipping containers to Asia.  The supply of available containers around the world has seen a great disruption and that is causing problems. In Africa, COVID 19 has been found in many countries already. However, since they have limited testing available it’s hard to discern any numbers and from that end the future is uncertain.

We certainly hope and that Africa does not see large outbreaks as that could be devastating to that region. Many countries in African have curfews at this time, while others have shut down either completely or in a limited fashion. Similar issues can be seen in South and Central America as well. There is no telling there how bad it could get in either of these regions, so it is possible that there could be disruptions coming to our supply chain.

We have been seeing other markets changing how they purchase as well.  So we are looking into alternative products that were not available to the US market in the past due to demand from other continents.

One of those items is 2 Common Red Grandis. This product was typically sold primarily in Asia in the past, but based on the current situation it is currently available in volume for the US market. This is not a regular 2 Common grade, the main defects are knots and pith as this 6/4” and 8/4” product comes from the center of the logs. Its specifications are pretty impressive as well with widths that are primarily 6”+ wider and all of the product is 8’+ longer. Specifications like these are highly uncommon for 2 Common lumber. This product would be an excellent choice for butcher blocks, paint grade products, etc. and it is 100% FSC certified and managed from plantations in Uruguay. 

If this Red Grandis offering is something that could be of interest in, or any of the other tropical species that we offer, please do let us know.

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