Brazil's Pulp and Paper Production Increased in First Two Months of 2014

Brazilian pulp production increased 4.5% and paper production increased 1.7%, compared to the same period in 2013.

April 10, 2014 - The Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (Bracelpa) said that in the first two months of 2014, Brazilian pulp production increased 4.5% and paper production increased 1.7%, compared to the same period in 2013. Pulp production totaled 2.5 million tons and paper production totaled 1.7 million tons.

Pulp exports increased 17.9%, from 1.4 million tons in the first two months of 2013 to a little over 1.6 million tons in the same period this year, where a record high of 7.7% in paper exports was ascertained, totaling 321 thousand tons of the product. With that, the industryís trade balance totaled US$ 1.2 billion, an increase of 15.9% compared to the first two months of 2013.

Europe and China are still the main destinations for Brazilian pulp, which generates approximately 43% and 32% of the productís foreign sales revenues, respectively. North America has a share of approximately 16%.

PAPER
In relation to paper, Latin America continues to be the main market for the product and accounts for approximately 52% of February YTD export revenues, followed by Europe and North America, accounting for 16% and 14%, respectively. Shipments to North America increased 29% in the first couple months of the year, year-over-year. Paper sales in the domestic market totaled 910 thousand tons, with a high of 2.7%, year-over-year.

The full statistical report, is available for download: Brazil Pulp and Paper Sector Results - March 2014 (1.1 mb, pdf).

SOURCE: The Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (Bracelpa)