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Analysis: Lumber trading set record in 2017

Transported lumber volumes reached record levels last year, according to firm Wood Resources International. 2018 could be "another good year."

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Since the financial crisis in 2008, trade of softwood lumber has climbed to a hitherto unseen level, reports Wood Resources International.

According to the consulting firm, which focuses on the forestry sector, global trade in lumber products reached a record high last year as demand for lumber was strong across most key markets. Around 126 million cubic meters of lumber products were shipped from countries such as Canada, Russia, Sweden and Finland during the year.

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