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Non-Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports Hit a 10-Year High

Filed in Home Building by on May 22, 2017 0 Comments
Non-Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports Hit a 10-Year High

In a positive development for home builders, lumber consumers and housing affordability, U.S. softwood lumber imports (excluding shipments from Canada) hit a decade high in the first quarter.

European suppliers – including Australia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Romania – accounted for nearly all the increase.

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What is the Impact of New Duties on Canadian Lumber?

Filed in Economics by on April 25, 2017 12 Comments
What is the Impact of New Duties on Canadian Lumber?

A new analysis by NAHB shows that more than 8,000 full-time jobs will be lost this year as the result of the decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose a 19.88% duty on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States.

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NAHB’s Lumber Battle Plays Out in the Press

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Construction Industry by on April 19, 2017 8 Comments
NAHB’s Lumber Battle Plays Out in the Press

NAHB’s longstanding battle to maintain consistent and consistently priced sources of lumber for our members is gaining visibility in the press as your association hammers home the fallout from the trade dispute between the United States and Canada: Higher prices for home buyers.

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Cost of Building Materials is on the Rise

Filed in Economics by on April 14, 2017 3 Comments
Cost of Building Materials is on the Rise

Prices of softwood lumber, gypsum, ready-mix concrete, and OSB all rose for the second consecutive month, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released on April 13 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Softwood lumber and OSB experienced the largest price increases.

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Building Materials Prices Rise in February

Filed in Economics by on March 15, 2017 2 Comments
Building Materials Prices Rise in February

The cost of building homes is going up.

The latest Producer Price Index release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that prices of softwood lumber, gypsum, ready-mix concrete and OSB all rose in February. The increases were led by gypsum products, with softwood lumber a close second.

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Key Building Materials Prices Far Surpassed Inflation in 2016

Filed in Economics by on January 27, 2017 1 Comment
Key Building Materials Prices Far Surpassed Inflation in 2016

Softwood lumber, oriented strand board (OSB), ready-mix concrete and gypsum products all posted price changes in 2016 well above the 1.3% average for the Consumer Price Index, according to the latest Producer Price index released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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NAHB Seeks New Lumber Sources in Chile

Filed in Home Building, Leadership by on September 8, 2016 1 Comment
NAHB Seeks New Lumber Sources in Chile

NAHB today completed four days of talks with Chilean government, trade and industry officials that focused on increasing exports of softwood lumber and other wood products to America.

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Senators Urge USTR to Address Builder, Consumer Concerns on Lumber

Filed in Capitol Hill by on September 6, 2016 1 Comment
Senators Urge USTR to Address Builder, Consumer Concerns on Lumber

Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urging him to take into account the interests of domestic lumber consumers, including home builders, as talks progress with Canada on a new softwood lumber agreement.

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Supply Caps on Canadian Lumber Could Be More Harmful than Tariffs

Supply Caps on Canadian Lumber Could Be More Harmful than Tariffs

U.S. and Canadian negotiators are meeting in Ottawa tomorrow to discuss the parameters of a new softwood lumber agreement, Trade barriers directly impact the cost of lumber, but NAHB research shows a cap on supply could potentially do the most damage to the housing industry.

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Building Materials Prices Move Lower in March

Filed in Economics, Home Building by on April 22, 2015 3 Comments
Building Materials Prices Move Lower in March

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for March, and the report was good news with respect to building materials, as prices for gypsum and wood products declined.

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