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Muskrat Falls Project Whole Logs Sold to Chinese Buyer – Left Over Fiber to be Chipped and Shipped to UK

The estimated 400,000 cubic meters of timber cut between 2013 and 2015 to make way for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric station in Labrador, Canada, has been sitting there idle ever since. However, that wood will soon be on its way to China. A deal was completed last summer by JP Forestry, a company that specializes in wood chips, and the Innu Nation to sell off timber leftover from the Muskrat Falls project.

Stora Enso Announces Pending Q3 Closure of Paper Mills – Veitsiluoto in Finland and Kvarnsveden in Sweden

For over a decade paper demand in Europe has been on the decline. The COVID-19 pandemic further changed consumers behavior patterns and led to a significant overcapacity in the European paper market, which has resulted in historically low-price levels and challenged the cost-competitiveness of many paper mills. As a result, Stora Enso has announced that they intend to permanently close the Veitsiluoto mill in Finland and Kvarnsveden mill in Sweden sometime in Q3 of 2021.

Tight Supplies and Higher Prices for Softwood Lumber Has China Looking at Alternative Solutions

The latest statistics released by China Customs reveal that China’s import volume of softwood lumber decreased by approximately 10% in 2020. In the first two month of 2021, when compared to the same period of time in 2020, the decline has been 23%. China’s softwood lumber inventory was low at the end of 2020 and at the end of March 2021, it was at 700,000 m3, which is well below the normal average inventory of 800,000 – 1 million m3 in previous years.