Dimension and components for export are custom produced. Therefore, in principle, availability is limited by a minimum volume for each item at which it is cost effective for the producer to manufacture. Availability of dimension and components will also depend on the lumber supply of a given species. The grade and specifications of the lumber available will also determine the type of products that can be produced.
Examples of typical dimension and component products that are exported include:
- rough sawn dimension strips for flooring manufacture
- edge-glued panels for furniture and kitchen manufacture
- planed dimension blanks for furniture and kitchen manufacture
- mouldings for joinery applications
- cabinet doors for kitchen and furniture manufacture
Generally, dimension is not held in stock in export markets as dimension and components are usually manufactured to individual customer requirements. Therefore, specialist hardwood importers and agents are able to supply products to order from producers in the United States.
A wider range of dimension and component profiles, especially for custom sizes or smaller production volumes, is likely to be available from producers in export markets. These are companies who specialise in the manufacture of dimension and components from imported American hardwood lumber.