In 2015, the planted trees industry benefited from the currency depreciation and recorded an increase in exports of pulp, wood panels and paper. Pulp exports totaled 11.5 million tons in 2015 YTD, a 8.6% growth compared to 10.6 million tons exported in 2014. From January to December 2015, wood panel exports totaled 641 thousand m³, 52.3% higher year-over-year. Paper exports totaled 2.1 million tons in 2015, 11.5% higher year-over-year.
Please see below the other performance indicators for the planted trees industry, in the 20th edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry.
Exports revenue – In 2015 YTD, exports revenues from pulp, paper and wood panels totaled US$7.8 billion, which represents a 6.1% increase year-over-year, which totaled US$7.4 billion in 2014. Total balance of trade for the industry in 2015 is US$ 6.5 billion, which represents a 17.3% increase compared to the balance of trade year-over-year. Europe remains the main destination for Brazilian pulp, and accounted for approximately 38,5% of that revenue, followed by China and North America, respectively responsible for approximately 33,2% and 17,6%. Shipments to China increased 8.8% in 2015.
Production – From January to December 2015, pulp production totaled 17.2 million tons, a 4.5% increase year-over-year. Paper production also remained practically stable, totaling 10.3 million tons in 2015.
Domestic sales – From January to December 2015, domestic paper sales totaled 5.5 million tons, 4.6% lower year-over-year. Wood panel sales totaled 6.4 million m³, 11.3% lower year-over-year.
Outlook – “2016 will be an austere year, and the market will continue to face the same challenges as in 2015. Forecasts should be careful, because we still do not have a clear picture about the measures to boost the economy that will be announced by the government”, says Elizabeth de Carvalhaes, Ibá’s executive president.