Brazil: exports continue to grow in the planted tree sector

The export volume from the Brazilian planted tree industry registered a positive performance during the first quarter of 2017.

Brazil: exports continue to grow in the planted tree sector

Pulp exports totaled 2.3 million tons in January and February of 2017, up 3.4% over the same period of 2016 when 2.2 million tons were traded. For the wood panels segment, the volume exported in the first two months of the year totaled 174,000 m³, a growth of 40.3% over this period last year, when 124,000 m³ were exported. In this same period, paper exports reached 335,000 tons, a 6% increase over the 316,000 tons exported in 2016.

Export Revenue – From January to February of 2017 the sector recorded exports of US$ 1.3 billion (-6.4%); pulp reached US$ 971 million (-9.1%), paper registered US$ 287 million (+0.3%), and wood panels US$ 39 million (+22%). As a result the balance of trade in the sector registered a positive balance of US$ 1.15 billion in the first two months of the year (-4.9%).

Export Destination – Revenues from pulp exported to China (which represents the most significant destination for the Brazilian pulp sector) grew by 19.1% (US$ 418 million) this quarter. Meanwhile, Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels in the period, with exports to this region increasing 20.8% (US$ 186 million) and 16.7% (US$ 21 million), respectively.

Production – Brazilian pulp production surpassed 3.0 million tons (-1.8%) in January and February of 2017; paper registered 1.7 million tons (-2.6%).

Domestic Sales – In the first two months of 2017, paper sales on the domestic market reached 832,000 tons (-4.0%), while the wooden panel sector registered sales of 1.5 million m³ (+8.5%).

About IBÁ

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory, with its main stakeholders. Launched in April 2014, it represents 60 companies and nine state entities for products originating from planted trees (wood panels, laminate floors, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass) in addition to independent producers of planted trees and institutional investors.

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