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Price for wood pellets exported from U.S. expands 8% In January

[Mar 8, 2023]

In January 2023, the average price for the wood pellets exported from the U.S. grew 8% compared to the previous month at $180 per ton. This is 15% more than a year ago when it was $157. The exports of wood pellets from the U.S. slid 3% year-on-year to 637.5 thousand tonnes in January.

The costs of industrial wood pellets imported to the key European markets increased in 2022. Still, the rises have been less dramatic than those for residential wood pellets, partly due to longer-term supply agreements with US pellet producers. Over 70% of the European import volume has been shipped to four countries in 2022: in descending order they are the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium, according to Wood Resources International.

Import prices have gone up the most in Denmark (+64%) and Belgium (+46%) the past year, driven by the boycott of supply from Russia, a supplier that historically has had among the lowest-priced pellets. Instead, Denmark has increased its deliveries of high-cost pellets from the US. Belgium imports have followed the same pattern, with the Russian market share falling from 74% of total import supply in the 3Q 2021 to 0% in the 3Q 2022, while the US share has gone up from 32% to 50% during the same period.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has resulted in a sharp decline in shipments of pellets from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. As a result, the total volume from the three countries is likely to fall an estimated 35% in 2022 y-o-y. Simultaneously, US pellet producers have increased their shipments to Europe, with 2022 volumes estimated to have reached a record 8.6 million tons, up from 7.4 million tons in 2021.