Wednesday, 06 May 2020 16:09

Updates on Tropical Hardwoods

May is upon us and COVID 19 is still with us. Some states have even discussed soft openings at this point. Only time will tell what happens, there are very different opinions on that subject. ALIMPORTED

Our import yard has been working hard and we shipped out a good amount of lumber to our customers in April and we have seen demand for just-in-time shipments remain steady so far. 

When we import our tropical hardwoods into our Cove City, NC facility we buy air-dried lumber from around the world and we process and kiln dry it at our facility to ensure the moisture content that customers demand. This gives us the ability to offer our customers a diverse inventory of high-quality tropical hardwoods. 

The outlook overseas is a little different. Overseas, many of our suppliers are somewhat skeptical. They really do not know what the near future holds for them with so many potential variables. This holds true for all regions that we buy from. For example, in Africa the rainy season is approaching, which has typically slowed down supply.  Combine COVID 19 on top of that, it’s really hard to foresee what the situation will be like in the coming months. 

In terms of our tropical inventory, Sapele makes up a sizeable portion of what is in our sheds. However, in total we carry at times more than 25 different species of imported hardwoods, some in as much as 7 different thicknesses in addition to grain and width sorts. At our Cove City, NC facility carries 1.5 million board feet or more of KD lumber available for prompt shipment, that allows our customers to rely on just-in-time product. 

We will bring another update on the import situation in June. 

American Lumber
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