Timber shortage: construction sites in slow motion

Timber shortage: construction sites in slow motion

In France, how can we explain that the shortage of raw materials could force us to shut down nearly 30% of construction sites? The timber market, for example, has been going through a crisis since the global economic recovery.

Timber shortage: construction sites in slow motion

On this truck, it’s relief: it carries wooden walls for a building under construction. The work started at the beginning of the week, but is slowing down due to a lack of raw materials. The walls have arrived. For the rest, it’s more complicated. For the exterior facade, also in wood, it is out of stock. The same goes for the beams: it is impossible to be delivered. The site was to be completed in early July. With the shortage of wood, it could end in mid-October, that is to say at least three months behind schedule.

Shortage and rising prices

This project is far from being an isolated case. All over France, wood is scarce. 20 to 30% of the sites could stop in the coming weeks, for lack of wood and raw materials. Since the beginning of the year, the Americans and the Chinese have been buying French timber, European timber, at a high price. They are sweeping up stocks. And who says shortage, says price increase.