Korea SPF Shipments
Owing to the progressive increase in wood housing starts and gaining popularity of SPF in structural use, Canadian SPF exports to South Korea in the first eight months of 2011 remarkably increased 28.15% to 91,256 MFBM compared with the same period in 2010.
Since it is estimated that about 50% of total SPF shipments are being sold as ‘blanks’ for the Korean treated wood industry, local SPF importers are expecting a considerable drop in SPF import from October due to the problem/difficulty of SPF to achieve required penetration and retention levels for H2 (without incising) and H3 (even with incising) use classes designated in the KFRI standard. SPF from B.C. has been primarily destined for the growing wood frame construction sector and treated wood industry as feedstock.