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Brazil's Revenue from Exports of Pulp, Paper and Wood Panels Up 7.3% in First Half 2017

Bales of pulp being loaded on ship In the first half of 2017, Brazil's exports of pulp rose 6.8% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 6.8 million tons. Revenue from pulp exports during the period reached US$3.0 billion, up 9.8%.

August 4, 2017 - The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) reported that in the first half of 2017 (January - June) pulp exports rose 6.8% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 6.8 million tons; exports of wood panels increased by 34.8%, with 597,000 cubic meters directed to foreign markets, and paper exports grew 1% with almost 1.1 million tons traded. This positive performance propelled export revenues past the US$4 billion mark in the first half of this year — a growth of 7.3% compared to the first six months of 2016. It also created a US$3.6 billion surplus in the trade balance for the sector, an increase of 9.1%.

Export Revenues. From January to June of 2017, pulp exports reached US$ 3.0 billion (+9.8%), while paper exports were US$ 925 million (-2.0%) and wood panel exports reached US$ 137 million (+25.7%).

Export Destinations. More than 42% of the pulp Brazil exported went to China in the first half of 2017, representing revenues of US$ 1.3 billion; this is an increase of 25.5% over the same period in 2016. Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during this period, with export revenues of US$ 593 million (+10.0%) and US$ 75 million (+27.1%), respectively.

Production. Brazilian pulp production surpassed 9.5 million tons, growing 5.0% between January and April of 2017 in comparison with 2016, and paper registered 5.1 million tons (-0.7%).

Domestic Sales. During the first semester of 2017, paper sales on the domestic market reached 2.6 million tons, a drop of 1.6% compared with the same period last year. At the same time, the wooden panel sector registered sales of 3.1 million m3 in Brazil (-1.6%).

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the field to the industry, before its main audience of interest. To learn more about Ibá, please visit: www.iba.org.

SOURCE: Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)