Lumber shortage?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by pawlins, Apr 24, 2021.

  1. pawlins

    pawlins Bobtail Member

    Apr 24, 2021
    Hello fellow truck drivers,
    Is there really a lumber shortage? Do you notice a decrease in loads for lumber for flatbed trucks? What is going on out there?
    Thank you!
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  3. Puppage

    Puppage Road Train Member

    Aug 2, 2012
    I just see price gouging.
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  4. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Plenty of it around, just the demand has sky rocketed the price.
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  5. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    Doesn't seem to be any shortage that I've seen. Local contractors I know of have all the work they can handle. Just more people with the time to do stuff, that and they're making as much on stimulus payments and unemployment as working full time. Going to suck when it all catches up with us.
  6. Wespipes

    Wespipes Heavy Load Member

    Jul 14, 2019
    Nope. Not one bit. I haul lumber and the yards are full. The rates to haul have went WAY up and there's not enough trucks to haul it. That's why the price has gone up
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  7. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Moose Jaw SK CAN
    Housing starts (permits) are up well above predictions, and stocks are low because mills are or were shut due to covid. Also many log yards are just about empty for the same reason meaning nothing to mill.
    Add to that the softwood tarriff for lumber from Canada (we are keeping more here for our own needs) and you have even less supply. Canada was supplying 25 to 30 percent of the lumber to the USA.
    Canada also has a Mountain Pine Beatle infestation killing trees in some areas of BC and AB causing even less SPF lumber to be available for shipping.
  8. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Prices here are nuts too. A few co-workers were saying a sheet of plywood has nearly tripled in cost since last year.

    I think most of the loggers out in BC are on breakup now. They used to try and cram every possible stick they could into the millyards leading up to breakup in order to keep the mill fed. Last few years they haven't really done that. Don't know about this year though.

    Then add in the permanent mill closures. I know Canfor pulled out of Vavenby and Prince George recently. Another mill in Merritt shut down a couple years ago. Weyerhaeuser pulled right out of BC as well I believe. Tolko in Barriere never rebuilt after the 2003 fire either. These weren't backwater, 5 man operations either. They were big production sawmills. That's a lot of board-feet of product that can't be produced.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2021
  9. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    San Antone
    We have mills in E Tx calling us for trucks because they're at 110% + storage capacity. There's no shortage, nothing but price gouging.

    I'm gonna keep saying it, "Welcome to clown world".
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  10. roundhouse

    roundhouse Medium Load Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    The lumber mills finally figured out what OPEC learned decades ago.

    shut off the supply for a few weeks or months and you can triple the price and people will happily pay it .
    The price ain’t going down anytime soon.

    Why would they lower the price back to what it was ?
    Just think of how much more profit they are taking in now.

    the fedgov paid them hundreds of millions to shut down and now they get to charge triple the price when they re open.
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  11. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    The government paid lumber mills hundreds of millions of dollars to shut down?
    We've had some mill closures in our area but they must have missed out on the big hand-outs.
    What lumber companies got the federal money?
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