This means that we’re going to have to increase our own prices very soon.
Currently, we can’t put a date on when we expect this to be. But our advice is to buy while prices are still low – as everything from our playhouses to our log cabins will inevitably be hit with a new price tag over the next few months.
There are a multitude of reasons why prices are soaring. All of them have contributed in their own small ways – but it means that added together, it’s seen the cost of timber shoot up over the past year.
We’ve explained in more detail below as to why this has happened:
Sweden is the UK’s number one timber supplier. Due to our lack of suitable trees in the U.K, we rely on trading timber with Sweden and recently, it hasn’t gone to plan.
Outbreaks of Covid-19 in factories there have meant that delivery drivers and warehouse workers have had to self-isolate. This means that output of wood has dwindled compared to usual figures.
Brexit has also hindered the process. It’s made it harder to get the wood from one place to another, as more forms need to be signed, more checks need to be done and more planning needs to take place, before the timber can be shipped across. This has caused a bottleneck in supply, and has increased prices, as demand continues to rise.
The cost of manning ships and actually getting wood to our country continues to rise, and poses a problem. If we had enough suitable trees here, we could make it work without external help. But with our timber coming from abroad, the ever-increasing inflation rates mean that we have to adjust our prices accordingly.
Countries that export their wood to us are gradually changing the size of the logs they supply. This poses a problem for us, as we need wood that is made for the log cabins we produce. If production of the wood we need is reduced, there’s going to be more competition for that wood between the companies who need it. This, in turn, drives up prices.
China’s massive economy means that they could have a near-monopoly over world timber supplies, if they wanted.
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